He said government cannot continue to be the largest employer due to the huge increases of graduate trainees from the country’s tertiary institutions yearly, which was likely to continue to increase deep into the future, making it impossible for government to absorb the numbers.
Prof. Kendie gave the advice at the weekend at the Dungu campus of UDS during the 16th congregation of the University where a total of 1,200 students comprising diploma, undergraduate and graduate students were graduated.
He said there were currently ten public universities in the country, training and turning out thousands of students yearly, while there were other private universities and colleges doing same, and stressed the importance of innovative ways of doing things for self job creation to solve the graduate unemployment.
He said students who are turned out must engage in productive ventures while government has the responsibility to create the enabling environment for young university and college graduates to get into self employment.
He called for a well structured and sustained collaboration between universities, research institutions, the National Board for Small Scale industries (NBSSI), the Association of Ghana Industries and financial institutions for adequate and useful information, entrepreneurship training and start-up support for young graduates.
Prof. Kendie also appealed to Ghanaians to respect and tolerate each other for peace and unity saying, “There is a disturbing trend, which I appeal to Ghanaians to avoid and that is the culture of intolerance that has taken the centre stage in our national life”.
“The use of interpret language during radio and television discussions especially on political issues where vitriolic verbal and written attacks on personalities and incendiary speeches and addresses on any available forum are all grim manifestations of intolerance”, he stressed.
He said issues that would have attracted sober and constructive criticisms in the past were now met with outright condemnation and downright insults, saying, “It is very worrying to note that insults are hurled at even the elderly and senior citizens and high public officials”, which according to him was culturally unacceptable.
Prof. Gabriel Ayum Teye, Vice Chancellor of UDS said the University was intending to intensify its efforts at providing opportunities for the development of research especially in the already exiting research centres in climate change, desertification and energy.
He said UDS would continue to introduce new academic programmes in all its faculties to meet the development needs of the country and that a school of Engineering had been established to run degree programmes in BSc. Waste Management Engineering, BSc. Soil and Water Conversation Engineering, BSc. Farm Power and Machinery Engineering, BSc. Mechanical Engineering and BSc. Irrigation and Drainage Engineering.
He said there were other ten new programmes that had been mounted at the faculties and were at various stages of receiving accreditation.
Alhaji Limun Mohammed-Muniru, Northern Regional Minister advised the graduates to add discipline and humility to their daily activities to be successful in life.
Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru who represented President John Mahama called on the graduates to help provide sustainable solutions to the several challenges of development facing the nation and that government was committed to improving education in the country.
Prizes were presented to students who performed credibly with Master Clement Abugri emerging as the overall best student.