Bawumia launches Students Entrepreneurship Initiative

Tamale- The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has challenged Ghanaian youth to cultivate the spirit of entrepreneurship in order to create jobs and reduce graduate unemployment.

He said Government would, therefore, create the necessary environment and incentive for Ghana’s young men and women to challenge the status quo and think outside the box in order to contribute their quota to national development.

Vice President Bawumia said this when he launched the Student Entrepreneurship Initiative (SEI) at Ghana Secondary School, Tamale, on Friday.

The SEI is an effort by the Government to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that promotes job creation and improvement in livelihoods.

Under the Initiative, the Ministry of Business Development will train and stimulate at least 10,000 students annually to think entrepreneurship and engage two million students over the next five years.

We are convinced that if teenagers are introduced to thinking about business concepts and the right management structure to businesses, they can expand and hone their ideas and begin to execute those ideas even before they complete their tertiary education, Vice President Bawumia said.

Citing the results of a recent survey, the Vice President expressed disappointment that an overwhelming percentage of secondary school students preferred already established white-collar jobs instead of working to set up their own.

The survey revealed that at least 68 per cent of the respondents, both male and female, preferred to be in civil service, medicine, nursing, engineering, law and architecture as well as other already established jobs.

Less than two per cent of the respondents preferred to be in business, the Vice President said, hence the decision to set up the Student Entrepreneurship Initiative.

The current situation at the Senior High School (SHS) level betrays a clear lack of the entrepreneurial conversation in their set-up he said.

Vice President Bawumia was optimistic that the Initiative would produce the next crop of Ghanaian entrepreneurs.

The tendency that these ‘STUPRENEURS’ (Student entrepreneurs) will leave senior high schools, university, and other tertiary institutions with high sense of business awareness and confidence, would go a long way to increase the rate of business formation in the country.

I encourage you students to take advantage of the Student Entrepreneurship Initiative to come up with business ideas and be assured that the Government would support you to realise your dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs.

The Minister for Business Development, Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, urged the students to take advantage of the various programmes being rolled out by the Ministry to develop their entrepreneurial skills and take control of their destinies.

When students are exposed to business concepts and plans at an early age, there is a tendency for them to think entrepreneurial and begin to develop projects and services while in school. We aim to help you on this journey, and hope that in a few years Ghana can also boast of world renowned entrepreneurs, he said.

Under the SEI, schools will be encouraged and assisted to form entrepreneurial clubs with the active collaboration of the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service.

The entrepreneurial clubs will be trained by selected hubs that are already working with the Ministry of Business Development and the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan.

To generate excitement among SHSs, the SEI will roll out a business plan competition that will set out what businesses the entrepreneurial clubs want to pursue.

The grand finale of the competition will be held in Accra early next year where students of the various schools will present their ideas to a special jury.

Winners will then be moved around the world to experience the audacity of entrepreneurship and to understand the real world of business.

This will constitute a world series of visiting places like Silicon Valley in the USA and Tech City of London.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghanaian men urged to use their gifts to serve society

Dichemso (Ash) Nana Osei Tutu Fordjour, the President of the Men’s Ministry of the Assemblies of God, Gospel Light Congregation at Dichemso, a suburb of Kumasi, has urged Ghanaian men, especially Christians, to use their God-given gifts to serve society.

He said it was time men rose to their calling as leaders, to render selfless services at home, school, church, work place and the larger society to impact societal growth, development and transformation.

Nana Osei Tutu was speaking to the Ghana News Agency at the climax of this year’s Men’s Day celebration, on the theme: Manifesting the Gifts of the Spirit, for Service.

He explained that God, the Creator, gives gifts to mankind to serve Him and society.

Let’s rise up to use our God-given gifts to transform the world by setting good examples as leaders of society and servants of God, he said.

The Ministry’s President urged men to serve God, the nation and the people with dynamism.

Dynamic men must know God and be prayerful. They must be students of the word of God and filled with the Holy Spirit.

They must have good reputation in order to win the respect and support of those they lead and serve. These will make us shine wherever we find ourselves and impact positively on our generations, he said

Source: Ghana News Agency

Accra’s biggest annual groups’ party scheduled for November 24

Accra- The third edition of the Re-union Party organised by Rafarazzi Entertainment is slated for November 24, at the Afrik Gardens at Dansoman in Accra.

Unlike other events, which focus solely on school groups, the Re-union brings together community, social media, corporate and keep fit groups among others to make new friends and entertain themselves.

The event will inspire, empower and mentor especially the youth and encourage them to appreciate the importance of joining associations that had created positive impact in society.

Mr Raphael Mensah, the CEO of Rafarrazzi entertainment, who disclosed this on Friday during the press launch in Accra, said the Reunion party aimed at creating a party ambiance for groups that had not met for years, to enable them to have fun away from their usual association gatherings.

He said they were targeting over 5000 enthusiastic music lovers, fans, and groups in and around the country, to witness the biggest reunion event targeting the youth.

Mr Mensah said Our aim is not only to make fun, but to give the public an opportunity to involve in sales as well as promote talents and businesses”.

The Reunion seeks to promote unity, music, business and health related issues among the populace and encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and talent search.

It will mix education, business and entertainment to promote and market talents for a sustainable national development, he added.

The 2018 Reunion party, which is the Amplified edition will push the frontiers of innovative skills, entrench brand objectives, and create a platform for the public and sponsors to interact.

The activities for the event include; soccer gala competition among the participating groups, exhibition and sales of products, especially African wear, pencil drawing session, photo shoot with celebrities, karaoke competition, performance by renowned artistes and party time.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Accra’s biggest annual groups’ party scheduled for November 24

Accra- The third edition of the Re-union Party organised by Rafarazzi Entertainment is slated for November 24, at the Afrik Gardens at Dansoman in Accra.

Unlike other events, which focus solely on school groups, the Re-union brings together community, social media, corporate and keep fit groups among others to make new friends and entertain themselves.

The event will inspire, empower and mentor especially the youth and encourage them to appreciate the importance of joining associations that had created positive impact in society.

Mr Raphael Mensah, the CEO of Rafarrazzi entertainment, who disclosed this on Friday during the press launch in Accra, said the Reunion party aimed at creating a party ambiance for groups that had not met for years, to enable them to have fun away from their usual association gatherings.

He said they were targeting over 5000 enthusiastic music lovers, fans, and groups in and around the country, to witness the biggest reunion event targeting the youth.

Mr Mensah said Our aim is not only to make fun, but to give the public an opportunity to involve in sales as well as promote talents and businesses”.

The Reunion seeks to promote unity, music, business and health related issues among the populace and encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and talent search.

It will mix education, business and entertainment to promote and market talents for a sustainable national development, he added.

The 2018 Reunion party, which is the Amplified edition will push the frontiers of innovative skills, entrench brand objectives, and create a platform for the public and sponsors to interact.

The activities for the event include; soccer gala competition among the participating groups, exhibition and sales of products, especially African wear, pencil drawing session, photo shoot with celebrities, karaoke competition, performance by renowned artistes and party time.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Black Volta River Bridge to be closed for maintenance

Accra- The Black Volta River Bridge on the Wenchi-Bamboi road in the Northern Region would be closed to motorists from September 20 to 27, at 0600 hours.

This is to enable the Bridge Maintenance Unit of the Ghana Highway Authority to carry out repair works.

In a statement signed by Mr Kwasi Amoako-Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways and copied the Ghana News Agency on Friday, gave alternate routes on the N12 as Techiman to Wenchi through Tingakrom-Banda Ahenkro to Bui-Banda Nkwanta/Teselima or from Techiman to Kintampo-Fufulso Junction to Wa.

The statement urged the general public to bear with the Ministry as it carries out the necessary repair works.

It advised motorists to adhere to directional and safety signs that would be placed at appropriate sections of the road.

Source: Ghana News Agency