The Ghana National Union of Polytechnic Students (GNUPS) wishes to commend His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama and the government of Ghana for the commitment demonstrated towards supporting the youth through job creation.
This was contained in a statement signed by Kwame Amponsah Manu, Coordinating Secretary and Lawrence Sarpong, President.
The statement said, GNUPS, for the past decade has been ethically vocal on the topical national issue of youth unemployment which has both direct and indirect negative impacts on the wellbeing of the Nation. Just as the union in the past severely lamented over non availability of support and opportunities for the youth in terms of job creation, the principle of equity requires that fervent commendations and plaudits ought to be given governmentfor its strive to ensure that young Ghanaians with good business ideas are supported with funding and mentorship.
It continued that, On August 12, 2015, which marked the international youth day, the President would not have been any sensitive to the plight of the youth of Ghana than dedicating a session of the day to supporting 107 young entrepreneurs with funding to implement and or expand their business ideas through the Youth Enterprise Support Programme. GNUPS is grateful to the government for such significant move and encourages the President to do more.
We wish to congratulate the first batch of beneficiaries of the Youth Enterprise Support Programme and urge them to conduct their business activities in an exemplary manner to prove to the entire country that the youth is deserving of supports of this nature.
Call for more stakeholder support
We wish to call on the private sector to join the government in providing funding and free technical support to young people who have workable business ideas to implement and expand as well. It must be emphasized that government alone may not possess thecapacity to fully address the virtually countless number of challenges inhibiting the growth and development of the youth.
Parents and Students who may afford must add the component of self-enterprise to the educational plan for their wards and themselves respectively since job vacancies are limited thereby not guaranteeing ready employment for graduates.
Practicing what we preach, GNUPS has consciously begun committing our financial, human, and physical resources to the creation of formidable income-generating enterprises. We have redirected our focus to contributing solutions to graduate unemployment by leading the way in creating jobs on our own through the GNUPS Enterprise Initiative which currently employs 40.
Ghana belongs to us all and in partnership we can make it better.
God bless our homeland Ghana.