The Regional Minister for Ashant Region, Hon. Simon Osei Mensah has express his worries on today’s educational system in the country.
Speaking at a programme dubbed Industrial Empowerment Summit organized by the Kumasi Technical Institute, (KTI) and Consteller Institute of Creative Studies (CICS) which was on the theme, “Growing from repairs and maintenance to Creative Product design and perfect finishing, contribution of educational stakeholders and local authorities to the One District, One Factory initiative” he said, our education system today only produce graduates not inventors.
Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah furthermore lamented that “We witness yearly the graduation of thousands of students from the numerous Science and Technology Universities and Technical Institutions nationwide, but unfortunately, our supermarkets keep getting flooded with imported products.
“Education today has become a mere formality, and not a skill building institution tailored toward the production of goods required for daily use” he added.
He therefore described the theme for the summit as very apt because indeed there are so many of the things we produce here but not on the scale and form that meet our consumer demand.
The Constellar Institute for Creative Studies (CICS) is a Ghana-based non-governmental organization which is aiming to facilitate the establishment of Three hundred and fifty factories across the ten regions of the country under the Consteller Incubation Hub.
An initial fifty factories of this initiative, according to CICS, are expected to be set up first in the Ashanti Region, whilst the rest will be rolled out to the other Regions, the CICS projects/initiatives are expected to create over seven thousand direct jobs nationwide by March 2019.
In the view of the minister, the One- District-One-Factory Initiative provides the impectus for business minded people to effectively engage themselves in these national development efforts to locally produce most of the things we need in this country and also export to improve nations’ balance of trade situation.
However, he was grateful for the intervention of CICS as the Empowerment Summit, he noted, has come at a very opportune time to diffuse the mounting pressure among the youth, for white-color jobs and create an avenue for private employment through the production of goods services using mostly, available local resources.
According to the Regional Minister, the situation of unemployment is a disease that is assuming epidemic proportions which has affected and continues to stifle the economic freedom of the youth of this nation.
To him, the time has come to do something concrete about the development promises of the NPP administration, assuring that there is every hope that jobs and business opportunities will come out of these laudable flagship programmes and policies of the government and set this country on the path of progress and development.
Mr. Osei-Mensah stated; “no one should think that, this policy is over ambitious for there is nothing wrong in being ambitious, it is what you hope to achieve out of your ambition that matters.
We should dream and think big work towards the dreams and definitely we shall succeed.”