Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister has urged students and graduates in the country to have an alternative job plan which he termed as “Plan B”.
“It’s high time we tell students to start thinking about their “Plan B” when they are in school. Start thinking for yourself what you will do after school. Don’t wait till you complete it. As a graduate who is an elite, instead of becoming a part of the problem, purpose to be a part of the solution”, he stressed.
Mr Darko-Mensah gave the advice during the commissioning of an ultramodern rice milling factory in Anto in the Shama District.
According to him, it was crucial not to rely solely on securing a government job but rather explore other avenues to create income and to also find employment opportunities for themselves.
He noted that the private sector serves as the driving force behind the economy of every country and its development.
He, therefore, urged students and graduates to identify problems within their communities so as to propose solutions to them.
He challenged them to provide innovative solutions in which they can create a sustainable income.
According to him, we see students and graduates looking for jobs everywhere in Ghana, and if they don’t get the jobs, they think they have lost it or have lost their world.
However, he believed that as a graduate and an elite of society, they should be the first person to look for a need of society and provide the solutions to them to be in business.
Mr Darko-Mensah mentioned the lack of support and recognition for the private sector as a major challenge to business and cited Mr Jacob Wilson Sey and Paa Grant who played key roles in securing the country’s lands during the colonial era.
However, despite their enormous contributions their efforts were not recognized even long after their demise.
Mr Roland Jesse Prah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jesse Prah Enterprise encouraged the younger generation to consider agriculture as a career since it promises a secure path to their future.
He noted that agriculture generates income and as well meets the nutritional needs of the country as a whole.
Mr Prah was happy to see the project coming to fruition and thanked all stakeholders who contributed in diverse ways to enable him to achieve such success.