Education is the utmost tool for national development – GTUC President

By Iddi Yire, GNA    

Accra, Sept 12,
GNA- Education is the utmost tool for national development, Professor Emmanuel
Ohene Afoakwa, Acting President of the Ghana Technology University College
(GTUC), has said.

He said education
was an important medium of acquiring skills and knowledge as it brings positive
changes in human life; stating that it enhances the knowledge, skill and
intelligence of a person and it enables them to lead a successful life.

Prof Afoakwa was
speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2019 International Conference on
Education, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ICETE), which is being hosted by
GTUC.

The two- day
conference, which registered over 200 participants is on the theme: “Promoting
Entrepreneurship through Technology and Education”.

The objective of
the conference was to gather a cross-disciplinary audience to explore the
process of creativity and innovation and how it might be better conducted
through the cross-fertilisation of practices from more than one discipline.

Prof Afoakwa noted
that the combination of education, technology and entrepreneurship would not
only solve most of Ghana’s problems, but also provide Ghanaians the cutting
edge ideas and solutions that would promote development.

He said
entrepreneurship has the capacity and willingness to develop, organise and
manage business ventures along with any of its risks in order to make profit.

“A developing
country needs entrepreneurs who are competent to perceive new opportunities and
are willing to incur the necessary risk in exploiting them,” he added.

Prof Afoakwa noted
that whiles entrepreneurship was an important engine of growth in the economy,
technology was also a key component for national development in today’s world.

He noted that
technology played a fundamental role in wealth creation, improvement of the
quality of life, real economic growth, and transformation in any society;
adding that “the whole world is becoming a village due to the industrial
revolution and fast developing communication technology.

He said as a
University, they were happy to create a platform that involved all stakeholders
in rethinking policies around areas of education, technology and entrepreneurship.

Mrs Gifty Ohene-
Konadu, National Coordinator, One District, One Factory (1D1F), also tasked
entrepreneurs to upgrade their knowledge in the changing information technology
systems in order to meet the demands of customers.

She said this
emphasises the enormous opportunities available for GTUC to tap into.

Mrs Ohene- Konadu
recounted that the Government had made several strides at promoting the use of
technology to influence Government business.

“The Vice President
of the Republic of Ghana has been an avid campaigner for digitisation and has
championed the paperless port system, mobile money interoperability, digital
address system; these should be evident of the importance Government attaches
to technological advancement,” she added.

Mrs Ohene-Konadu,
entrusted GTUC to invest in research and make findings available to the public,
saying, findings should be communicated in the most readable forms; reducing
academic jargons so the ordinary Ghanaian could understand the research and its
impact.

She said
entrepreneurship was needed to transform the technologies created by
educational and research institutions into a workable solution that could be
implemented to boost the value addition process and industrialization agenda of
Government.

She said she was
hopeful that with a sustained plan to support education and research,
entrepreneurs would move new technologies into the workable solutions Ghana
desperately needed in transforming the economy.

GNA

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