Scientific advisers to be attached to sector ministries – Ayariga

By Lydia Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Sept. 16,
GNA – Cabinet is discussing the appointment of new scientific advisers to be
attached to each sector ministry to advice policy makers on critical scientific
needs needed for the development of the country.

Such scientific
advisers would be appointed from the National Scientific Council and would be
advising the ministries on how to explore and domesticate scientific findings
to address national needs.

“The need for such
scientific advisers has become critical because countries that have such a
system are far advanced in science and technology endeavours, Mr Mahama Ayariga
Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, said at the end of
a three-day Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Fair in Accra.

The three-day Fair
was hosted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the
Council for Technical Vocational Education Training-Project Support Unit and it
is part of the World Bank funded “Ghana Skills and Technology Development
Project.

The Fair, which was
interspersed with various symposia that were addressed by renowned speakers
including Professor Howard Alper, Former Scientific Adviser to the Prime
Minister of Canada, was on the theme: “Science, Technology and Innovation for
Sustainable Development and Industrial Growth in Ghana”.

Other speakers
included Dr Victor K. Agyemang, Director General of the Council for Scientific
and Industrial Research, Professor Samuel Nii Odai, Pro Vice Chancellor, Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Dr Tony Aubynn, Chief Executive
Officer of Minerals Commission, Professor Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu of the Centre for
African Wetlands, of the University of Ghana and Ms Lucy Quist, CEO of Airtel.

Exhibitors also
included various polytechnics, research institutions, some public and private
universities and other private enterprises who showcased various innovations
and technological services.

Mr Ayariga
commended all participants, especially students and young people who showcased
interesting innovations they have developed.

He said the outcome
of the Fair revealed the need for funds to be pushed into STI to ensure the
right solutions to Ghana’s development needs in various sectors including
agriculture, housing and education.

He said the
National STI fund which is to be established after the Bill is passed by
Parliament would provide more funds to support STI activities and programmes.

Mr Ayariga said the
proposed Exim Bank to be established by Government would also help in funding
domestic innovations and marketing them on the global market.

Professor Ebenezer
Oduro Owusu, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana in a speech on his
behalf, said there is the need to support the development of STIs saying,
development is always linked with technology which come about with the
advancement of science.

“Ghana can advance
in science through improved education. We need to set up modalities to evaluate
the mode of our teaching in schools”, he advised.

GNA

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