From: James Sheriffdeen, Kumasi
The Managing Director of Agyaba Jewelleries Ltd., Dr. Kwame Agyaba Afriyie, has called for the inclusion of Jewellery-making in the programmes being ran by the Kumasi Polytechnic to add to entrepreneurial skills that could make graduates self-reliant.
He noted that, the rising graduate unemployment was extremely difficult for government alone to absorb, therefore training entrepreneurial skills, like Jewellery making, would reduce high incidence of unemployment.
Speaking to the media after he made a presentation to the best student in Entrepreneur at the 11th Congregation of the Kumasi Polytechnic last Saturday, Dr. Agyaba Afriyie, said if tailoring could be changed to fashion designing and run as a programme at the Polytechnic, he sees no reason, why black and goldsmith, which has now being termed as Jewellery-making, could not be run at the school.
According to him, he has taken it upon himself to provide financial support to a student in Entrepreneur at the Kumasi Polytechnic each year to start business.
“Since the country is abound with gold, the government should run Jewellery-making in the polytechnic so that after studies, they can set up their businesses and employ others”, he said.
He appealed to other Ghanaians, who can make it to consider sponsoring some of the brilliant, but needy students, so that they would also have a name in the society and help others, who are also in need.