Posted: Thursday 29th May 2014 at 13:52 pm

Developing Countries Charged To Engage Geo-Scientists To Fix Dying Economies

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Developing countries like Ghana are being entreated to engage the services of Geo-scientists in the bid to fix local economies.

Geo-science experts are pointing fingers at collapse of high rising buildings, water problems and improper handling of industrial minerals and natural resources.

Ghanaian professionals however explained the neglect of their expertise as reason for the increase in such problems in the country.

Skills and knowledge of young graduates are often ignored and swept under the carpet by industry and go in for what they say is square pegs in round holes.

President of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientist, Alexandria Amoako-Mensah believes their efforts when recognized hold the potential to turn around an economy for the better.

She is sure it can drive the effective diversification of an economy in a sustainable manner.

According to Mrs. Amoako-Mensah, it is important for developing economies to put in place strategies aimed at fully harnessing all available resources in a sustainable manner.

‘Emerging economies have largely untapped the expertise of geo-scientists in design of structural foundations, constructions, seismology and environmental management which must change.

‘Almost all fields in the economy have been taken over by square persons fixed in round holes. This is the cause of frequent economic problems in this country.’ she said.

This was revealed when experts from across the world met in Kumasi at the second Annual Geo-Science Conference held at the KNUST.

In a speech delivered on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,Professor William Otoo Ellis implored tertiary institutions to build students capacities to match up with industry.

The conference was organised by African Geo-Sciences Student Conference in partnership with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

Chairman of the conference, Cyril Boateng says the annual conference will make young geo-scientists relevant to their respective economies.

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