Koforidua (E/R), Mr Dela Gadzanku, the Chairman of the Eastern and Volta Regional branches of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), has expressed concern about the inability of academia to produce graduates with the requisite skills for employment by industry.
He said there were lots of opportunities in the private sector that needed hands on and practically oriented people to employ but they were always not available.
He said what the country needed was graduates with entrepreneurial skills and practical training that met the needs of industry or could help them setup their own businesses.
Mr Gadzanku said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after four executive members of the Eastern and Volta Regional branches of AGI paid a courtesy call on the Eastern Regional Minister and the Vice Chancellor of the Koforidua Technical University (KTU) at Koforidua.
The meeting was to discuss how AGI could play an active role in the industrial development of the Eastern and Volta regions.
The AGI has a membership of 300 in both the Eastern and Volta regions made up of micro, small, medium to large companies.
Mr Gadzanku said to bridge the gap there was the need to have a constant dialogue between industry and academia to ensure a change for the needs of industry to be met.
What is the use if a university produces a graduate who, after 10 years, does not find a job and has not been able to establish his own business? he asked.
He called on government to do everything possible to support the private sector financially and put in measures to reduce electricity tariffs of industries in the country.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwaky Darfour, said government was committed to intensifying industrialisation of the country through the implementation of the One District One Factory” Policy.
He called on the AGI to join the Rural Enterprise Programme where metropolitan, municipal and the district assemblies are assisting young people with vision and ideas to invest in industry.
Prof. Mrs Smile Dzisi, the Vice Chancellor of KTU, said her outfit trained practical career oriented students who could fit easily into industry without orientation or any other training.
She said the institution had developed a well structured curriculum, adequate attachment and engaged practitioners from industry to lecture students and give practical training to prepare them for industry.
Source: Ghana News Agency