The Chief Executive Officer of Engineers and Planners and Dzata Cement Ibrahim Mahama has charged students in the country to strive towards finding solutions to problems bedevilling the country.
In a speech to students of the University of Ghana School of Allied Health, Mr. Mahama underscored the importance of thinking global.
There are many entrepreneurs all over Ghana and even globally. But how many of them have you heard of? I will not bother you by asking what you have heard or know of them but for a certainty, those you have heard of did something unique. They found solution to mankind’s every day problems. This is the kind of mindset you should have and solutions to financial expectations you may be looking up to”.
He related to his dream of setting Dzata Cement and how it started from a problem of inferior cement he identified
“In the past news of collapsed buildings were regular feature in the media as a result of the usage of substandard materials for buildings. What do you think an entrepreneur will do?
He/she after studying and understanding the cause will then come up with a solution and mainstream it and when properly commercialised, brings forth the financial fortunes. The birth of Dzata Cement hinges on solution to protect and add value to the construction sector. In the world of entrepreneurship, financial gains will come after the people buy into your solutions/services.
Mr. Mahama urged the students who want to be successful entrepreneurs to first of all be innovative, commercialise their innovations and be financially literate.
“How are you able to convert your innovative ideas into a resilient entrepreneurship concept with a global reach in mind? With the existence of technology, cross border transactions among different countries have become possible, you can cite Netflix and amazon as an example.”
He urged the students to eschew selfishness and collaborate if need be in the building of their businesses.
“Learn to avoid “I want to do it all by myself” culture, there are times you must rely on friends with expertise in some fields, learn to collaborate to create value for your ideas.
In all of these do not limit your target market or audience to people within your community or country, the worlds population should be your target market to reach, work hard at it, consult more and the financial reward will naturally follow suit.”
The Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Summit was organized by the University of Ghana School of Allied Health Students Association under leadership of
Kwabena Asante, founder of Probity Leadership council (PLC), Financial Secretary Gideon Frederick Owusu and his deputy Muntaka Mohammed as part of a week long celebration.