From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
A 50-year-old coconut seller, Kwabena Nyarko, in the Eastern regional capital, Koforidua, has descended heavily on graduates in the country who go about with applications to seek for non-existing white-collar jobs.
Mr. Kwabena Nyarko, who has been in the coconut business since the completion form four education, is a living testimony that depicts a hardworking citizen who doesn’t want to rely on the government for a job.
He indicated that the teeming graduate youth who claim there are no jobs in the country are wasting their youthful time, adding that they should rather engage in small-scale businesses to feed themselves than relying on the government for employment.
The Koforidua-based coconut seller expressed that, most often, the graduate youth feel so big and do not want to venture into such income-generating businesses, stating that most times, it is only the elderly who do such businesses.
“The youth in the country complain of lack of jobs, but there are jobs which the youth are not paying much attention to, that is the coconut business.”
“The youth of today shy to venture into such businesses, because of a certain level they attained in education and feel reluctant to accept certain jobs, such as cleaning, salespersons and farming as well.
According to him, establishing one’s own business does not require a huge sum of money, however, it takes proper planning to become who you want to be in future.
Speaking to The Chronicle in an interview, the well-known coconut seller in the New Juaben North Municipality, said the business has helped him build his own house, as well as finance the education of his three wards, who are currently in the university, Nursing Training and Senior High School levels respectively.
Mr. Nyarko postulated: “I go to the nearby villages like Asikasu, Mpaem, Asokoredwaso, Kukurantumi, Densoagya and anywhere I think I will get coconuts to buy and bring them to Koforidua to sell.”
Mr. Nyarko, therefore, advised the youth to venture into local businesses, not only coconut, but other interesting ones that can earn them incomes without depending on the government for employment.