The Chief Executive Officer of KAMA Group Limited and an alumnus of Accra Technical University (ATU), Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo, has indicated that technology is gradually eroding the dependence on manpower for jobs in the 21st century as more industries are gravitating towards technological efficiency than human labour.
“Competencies are collapsing because we have refused to bridge the gap between industry and technical training. Technology today has made it possible that machines are doing works that are taking away jobs from people. 21st century jobs are becoming technologically centered than solely manpower and we must be ready”, he stressed.
He made this revelation as the Special Guest Speaker during the 70th Anniversary Alumni Lecture of Accra Technical University which was on the theme: ‘‘Bridging the Gap between Industry and Technical Universities for Economic Transformation’’.
Touching on the country’s development agenda, Dr. Agyekum touted the visionary prowess of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to industrialize the country as a vision that set Ghana on the path to economic transformation.
According to Dr. Agyekum, though this vision collapsed after the overthrow of the first president of Ghana, the nation had failed to develop that vision. This, he said, was as a result of the country’s educational orientation, citing excessive premium on theoretical training at the neglect of practical tuition.
He called on the government to have a policy that ensured higher renumeration to incentivize teachers in technical institutions to train students equipped with entrepreneurial skills for the industrial development of the country.
There have been several calls in recent times by educationists on the need for job seekers to hone their skills to situate themselves in better positions for job placement. The appeal has also been made to graduates in the wake of staggering figures released by the National Youth Employment Agency on employment statistics in Ghana, to be entrepreneurs rather than job seekers.
The Alumni Lecture was organized by the University’s alumni as part of a series of activities to celebrate 70 years of innovative education. The event had in attendance several alumni of the University including the Greater Accra Regional Minister Hon. Ishmael Ashitey.