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INNOVATION BOSS PROPOSES UNIVERSITY BURSARIES FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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The chief executive officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP), John Kumah, has said that a university bursary scheme for entrepreneurship, to help students implement innovative ideas even before they graduate, will not be out of place.

The chief executive officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP), John Kumah, has said that a university bursary scheme for entrepreneurship, to help students implement innovative ideas even before they graduate, will not be out of place.

He made the proposal in a speech at the National Summit on Tertiary Education and Enterprise Development in Koforidua last week.

The NEIP boss called on stakeholders to join in the many efforts being made by the Akufo-Addo government to tackle graduate unemployment in Ghana.

The theme for the summit was “Putting Our Graduates to Work”.

Jobless graduates

“Our President no longer sees graduate unemployment as only an economic issue; he sees it also as a national security threat,” Mr Kumah said.

“That is why a lot of efforts, resources and time have gone into reducing it. Hence, we have the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan, the Student Entrepreneurship Initiative, and several others.”

He said that if all universities are able to access the proposed bursary scheme, “a spiral of innovative and exceptional entrepreneurship initiatives will be seen across the country”.

The summit drew leading stakeholders, who deliberated on how to develop consensus about pathways to engage Ghana’s graduates effectively through employment, and thereby support accelerated national development.