The President of the National House of Chiefs, Prof. John Nabila, has advised parents not to quickly withdraw support for their children after they have completed tertiary education.
He attributed the pressure young people encountered and their decision to engage in anti-social practices to parental neglect immediately after they had completed tertiary education.
Speaking at the 10th congregation of the Islamic University College (IUCG) in Accra, Prof. Nabila urged parents and society at large to stand behind “these new graduates and be their strong pillar of support as they struggle to find their feet”.
Degrees and certificates were presented to 185 students after they had pursued four year programmes in the Department of Religious Studies and the Faculty of Business Administration.
Prof. Nabila challenged young graduates to think of themselves as capable and gifted to undertake projects or businesses that would enhance their living standards.
He observed that instead of young graduates joining the “club of the unemployed youth, they should employ themselves and others”.
“Fortunately, the government has announced that it has set up a fund for people who have brilliant ideas but lack the financial wherewithal to make such ideas a reality. An amount of GH¢10 million has been set aside for such people to access,” Prof. Nabila indicated.
He commended the management of IUCG for their determination to create a conducive environment that would provide students the opportunity to nurture their skills and discover themselves.
In his welcome address, the Vice-President of the IUCG, Dr Kobena Erbynn, said since the institution was established in 2000 by a semi-governmental Iranian organisation, it had produced a number of successful professionals working in top companies within and outside the shores of Ghana.
According to him, the institution’s sponsors, Ahlul Bait Foundation, have over the past years invested huge resources in the administration and management of the university, especially in the area of educational infrastructure.
“However, the early years of almost free university education at the IUCG is now causing problems for the present managers; the largely Muslim student population of IUCG has literally refused to pay fees, making it very difficult for management to engage more lecturers and introduce other programmes,” Dr Erbynn said.
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