An associate professor and a Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor A. Essuman-Johnson has urged graduates from the countries universities to scout for opportunities and "make themselves goal getters" rather than waiting on the government to create jobs for them.
According to him, the time has come for graduates to desist from “thinking within the box” which he observed was virtually empty and "look outside the box" for opportunities.
Professor Essuman-Johnson was speaking at a thanksgiving service organized last Sunday by the Political Science Students Association, Accra City Campus branch in Accra.
The Political Science Lecturer said the phenomenon is becoming a source of worry as most graduates after school stay at home for years in search for non-existing jobs.
Prof. Essuman-Johnson indicated that though there was the urgent need for stakeholders as well as the government to find lasting solutions to graduate unemployment, there is also the need for graduates to be creative and take bold steps to meet the challenges of the times.
A member of the Political Science Students Association, Gideon Nii Okante in an interview with Myjoyonline.com, insisted that government has the utmost responsibility to create jobs for the citizenry.
According to him, most graduates find it extremely difficult to translate their business ideas into real action because of the difficulties associated in assessing funding to engage in any form of business in Ghana.
Gideon Nii Okante lamented the status quo where industries and corporate institutions fail to engage students on practical attachments, a situation he described as a" hopeless one" as students who go through this ordeal and frustrations have their hopes shuttered.