Otumfuo urges action against brain drain, illegal mining

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has in a passionate plea, called for immediate action to curb the ongoing brain drain of Ghanaian talents, describing the phenomenon as a “modern form of colonization”.

Expressing concern over the exodus of skilled professionals seeking opportunities abroad, the traditional ruler emphasized the need for strategic measures to retain and harness the potential of the nation’s brightest minds.

Speaking at the 57th Graduation Ceremony at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Friday (24 November), Otumfuo stated that the impact of talent migration on Ghana’s socio-economic development poses a significant threat to Ghana’s future.

He urged government officials, businesses, and educational institutions to collaborate on creating an environment conducive to growth and innovation.

“It is disheartening to bear witness to a substantial exodus of our health professionals, teachers and graduates all departing our shores in pursuit of more promising opportunities abroad… It is inherent that if this phenomenon is unchecked, it poses a significant challenge to our future”, he said.

“We must work to turn our country into an enticing and compelling for our youth. A place where they have unshakable faith to thrive and succeed. I call on the government and all stakeholders to prepare grounds where the youth can harness their potential. Creating an environment that fosters entrepreneurship and facilitates job creation. In that, we can create a prosperous future for our future. Let us unite in our efforts, therefore, to confront this challenge head-on for the preservation of our nation”, he added.

Illegal mining

“Though the government has achieved some level of success, the menace is still a pervasive problem inflicting severe damage on the environment and our water bodies resulting in the surge in water-borne diseases, skin infections, among our people. I call on all stakeholders to be vigilant and support the government to flush out these illegal miners.”


The occasion saw Otumfuo, who doubles as Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), conferring doctoral degrees on one hundred and thirty-five (135) students of the institution.

He also awarded honourary degrees to seven Ghanaians including the Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Mr Joe Anokye.



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