University of Cape Coast has held its annual send-off and award ceremony for its 2017/2018 national service personnel.
A total number of 1,059 service personnel were posted to the University of Cape Coast last year.
National service personnel in UCC at a send-off party held by the university
At the ceremony, the Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Prof George K.T Oduro noted national service is an avenue to develop a national identity and prepares the service persons for the job market.
Prof. Oduro encouraged the personnel to make use of every available opportunity and explore new areas in order to add value to themselves.
Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast, Prof George K.T Oduro addressing the NSS personnel
He also advised them to be their own entrepreneurs and invent businesses instead of depending on the government to create jobs.
“I encourage you to make every effort to continue exploring and also do not bank all your hopes on only government employment. If any one of you have any skills, find a way to liaising with other colleagues so you can set up a small company and start something. We have some students who left here graduates, who are also making life through adding value to the coconuts that we have. So please, whiles you are waiting government employment, try to see if there’s any skill you think you can transform into money”.
Speaking on behalf of the national service personnel, Edward Kwame Tenadu thanked the university management for the opportunity given them to serve the university and the country as whole. He urged his fellow service personnel to be good ambassadors of the country.