First Ghana Science Congress Opens
A four-day Ghana Science Congress and Exhibition was yesterday opened in Accra on the theme,” Water, Sanitation and Environment: Securing our Future through Science”.
The event, the first of its kind in Ghana since independence, seeks to identify and acknowledge the thoughts, innovations, research output to national development, especially in the field of agriculture and food security, water and sanitation as well as the environment.
Opening the Congress, the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, said a nation took pride in science as a means of nation-building and progress.
He noted that the advancement of humankind was essential in any society and, therefore, the country should find innovative ways of pursuing science and technology which would afford the opportunity to examine where we were and where we would be heading towards.
The President noted that the theme for the occasion was suitably chosen, considering the problems that confronted Ghana in its efforts to make advancement in building a better Ghana and stressed that government was determined to ensure that science and technology was given its proper place in development.
In her keynote address, the Minister for Science and Technology, Hon. Sherry Ayittey, announced that coastal sanitation had been given a major boost under the Coastal Zone Development Program where 10,000 young men and women were employed in the first two years of the Mills administration.
Hon. Ayittey noted that Ghana had challenges with its natural environment especially in the field of mining and that the Environmental Protection Agency was rolling back the damage caused by industries over the years.
She said the Ministry had also adopted, in addition to preventive measures, prohibitive fines and compensations for polluting our environment.
She expressed the conviction that the Congress would distill various options available to government in relation to sustainable management of waste, including electronic waste, and provide government with concrete proposals which would aid government in fulfilling the 2008 Manifesto promise of the ruling NDC.