First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Maxwell Opoku Afari has emphasized on the role of graduands in helping to develop the Ghanaian economy.
He was a guest speaker at the University of Ghana Congregation ceremony on Tuesday, March 21st, 2023. The ceremony took place at the Great Hall and the Cedi Conference Centre in the University of Ghana.
Addressing the University of Ghana graduands, Dr. Opoku-Afari noted that recent technological revolution is providing an opportunity for the youth to use their skills and ideas to drive Ghana’s economy ahead.
He went on to encourage the graduands to prepare for the challenges they may face in the future as they join the workforce.
“Recent developments showed that academic training and the global economy including that in Ghana is undergoing profound technological revolution, among others. This revolution is facilitating the ongoing exchange of ideas, skills, and perspectives needed by the youth to drive the Ghanaian economy to the next level, in other words you are the touch barriers to the next level of the Ghana that we all seek to build. So as you walk out of here and join the workforce, you must get your loins and prepare for the challenges ahead of the world.”
Dr. Maxwell Opoku went on to urge the graduands to use their technological experience to achieve their goals and impact their generation positively.
“Seize the moment and exploit all the technological experiences around you and try as much as possible to infuse that in your discipline to achieve your goal. And I challenge you to go out with passion and make a difference and impact your generation. “
He also encouraged the graduands to possess virtuous qualities as they set off to achieve their goals.
“Be guided by the principles of hard work, perseverance, and integrity. This will end up in your journey as you head out [to achieve your goals]. Let me say that your presence here today provides strong evidence that you have each worked very hard and sacrificed a lot to reach this point in your life.”
He concluded by advising the graduands to appreciate them individuals who supported them through their journey of life.
“The hard work has certainly paid off, but you must learn to be magnanimous in the celebration of that success. Do well to remember the shoulders that have carried you through this journey including your parents, lecturers, family and colleagues. So while you rejoice in your achievement from the hard work today, count yourselves privileged and be grateful to those who contributed along the way and say thank you.”