Castinostudiosgh: Gov’t Payroll Is Full; Start Your Own Business – Ken Ofori Atta To Graduates

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Castinostudiosgh: Gov’t Payroll Is Full; Start Your Own Business – Ken Ofori Atta To Graduates

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has informed the University of Professional Studies-Accra (UPSA) 2021 graduating class that the government’s payroll is full, making it unsustainable to continue adding to the public sector’s employment figures, necessitating the need to create their jobs.

According to him, the government must build the necessary enabling environment, promote micro-stability, and guarantee that citizens have the necessary skillset – and that is exactly what the government intends to do; focus on the youth and budget for their needs.

“At this point, the most important issue for you in terms of jobs in the future, and we’ve gone through a period where most people hunt for work in government or state institutions; nevertheless, those payrolls are full.” I can tell you that because we spend around 60% of our revenue on remunerating 650,000 employees, which is unsustainable,” he remarked.

The finance minister went on to say that entrepreneurship, skillsets, and credit are all crucial components in ensuring young sustainability and providing them with the opportunity to forge their route to prosperity.

Education, according to the minister, it’s a ladder to social mobility as well as economic and social prosperity, providing beneficiaries with the opportunity to help society.

Ken Ofori-Atta again said graduates should recognize the privilege of receiving four years of tertiary education and do their best to impact society through the transformation and renewal of their minds.

He emphasized that today’s industries are looking for graduates with more than a bachelor’s degree because they consider life skills like creativity, innovation, critical thinking, collaboration, teamwork, communication, empathy, and digital literacy, among others, to be critical for effective individual performance.

“These life-skills underpin adaptive and constructive behavior, which aids in dealing effectively with the obstacles of everyday life, notably work.” As a result, graduates must learn the aforementioned life skills,” he stated.

Dr. K.K. Sarpong also highlighted digital literacy, stating that this is a digital era in which automation, artificial intelligence, and the use of software have dominated the delivery of accounting and financial services, necessitating the need for them to acquire these skills to remain competitive in the job market.

Ken Ofori Atta further added that under COVID-19, outsourcing of operations like procurement, payroll, taxation, pensions and benefits, recruitment, and training has become the new normal, necessitating a quick response.

“I encourage you to start your businesses to take advantage of the rising market for outsourced financial and commercial services. “Be entrepreneurial,” he said, “since your training here has given you the tools to do so.”

Prof. Abednego F.O. Amartey, UPSA’s Vice-Chancellor, stated that UPSA will graduate a total of 3,640 students in the 2020/2021 cohort, including 793 postgraduates, 2,054 undergraduates, and 793 diploma students.

He urged them to be good ambassadors for the institution, demonstrating the principles and ideas that had been instilled in them.

“My last words to you, as a marketer, are to remember these four Ps – be positive, principled, proactive, and productive,” he stated.

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