Be innovative, youth urged | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

Koforidua (E/R), Sept.
23, GNA – Dr Wilhemina Quaye, Director of Council for Science and Industrial
Research (CSIR) at the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute
(STEPRI), has said the application of technology and innovative ideas is a
requirement for the nation to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She called on the
youth to come out with new ideas in solving challenges in their communities.

Dr Quaye was
contributing to a panel discussion at this year’s Social Good Summit organized
by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on leveraging technology and
innovation towards the achievement of the SDGs at Koforidua.

Dr Quaye urged the
youth to lead responsible lives and use their mobile phones to seek knowledge
and read widely to learn what is happening around them.

She said many young
people are often complaining of their inability to raise various resources to
implement their ideas and said many of those resources are around and urged
them to seek information about where to locate those resources within the
country.          

Ms Liticia Browne of
the Office of the President said government is putting in place measures to
ensure that the nation plays a leading role when it comes to the achieving the
SDGs in Africa.

She said cabinet has
put in place a system to ensure that all activities of government comply with
the provisions of the SDGs.

Ms Browne urged the
youth to come out with innovative idea to help solve local challenges and help
make life better for their communities.

Mr Louis Kuukpen of
UNDP urged the youth not to be deterred by challenges and strive to attain
stated goals adding that it is young people who took Ghana to space and not the
elderly.

Mr Kuukpen said UNDP
is investing in innovations by providing funds to UNDP country offices and
partners to test new ways of solving development problems.

Mr Joseph Quansah,
Satellites technologist of the All Nation University, called on the youth to
aspire towards excellence in everything they do, be time conscious and ensure
that they meet their deadlines.

Mr Michael
Asante-Afrifa, founding partner of Dext Technology, urged young people to think
of partnering with others in the implementation of their innovative ideas.

He said team work
would help to achieve better results in terms of resource mobilization and combination
of ideas.

Ms Praise Nutakor,
Communications Analyst of UNDP, said the Social Good Summit is organized
annually when the United Nation General Assembly is in session to raise
awareness on the SDGs.

Earlier in a welcoming
address, the President of the All Nations University, Dr Samuel Donkor
expressed appreciation to the UNDP for choosing the All Nations University to
host the organization of this year’s Social Good Summit.

GNA

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