The Wa Polytechnic is to establish the West Africa Institute of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship on its campus.

This initiative is to train and produce young graduate Entrepreneurs.

The programme which is a partnership between Wa Polytechnic, the University De Kara, of Togo and the Social Entrepreneurs International, will offer Programmes in Business and Entrepreneurship, ICT and Engineering Technology, Social Engineering and  research.

At the launch of a tripartite committee in Accra to bring the initiative to fruition, Acting Rector of the Wa Polytechnic, Iddrisu Mohammed, expressed concern over youth unemployment which remains a problem in many African countries.

The youth constitutes about 60% of total workforce in Africa, this he said calls for equipping them with entrepreneurial skills.

The Chief Executive Officer of Social Entrepreneurs International, USA/Africa, Dr. Maurice Aleyao, advised the youth to live above current challenges on the continent and aim at becoming future job creators.

He  lauded the programme, which he said would be of enormous benefit to Africa.

Mr. Aleyao disclosed Social Entrepreneurs International is considering a two-year Africa Youth Entrepreneurship for Employment and Bilingual Opportunities Project, AYEEBO.

This is an invention programme that will target second cycle institution and young graduates from Universities and Polytechnics across Ghana and Togo, and will promote peaceful co-existence among Africans on the Sub Region.

A representative from the Ministry of Education, Emmanuel Newman, expressed government of Ghana’s support for the programme which he said, was in tandem with government’s policies on education.

Joblessness among the youth in Africa, has been attributed to the slow pace of socio- economic engagement among citizens of Anglophone and Francophone countries, coupled with inadequate efforts to promote cross-border cultural exchanges for peaceful co-existence within the sub region.
Story By: Rachel Kakraba.

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