Africa states advised to adopt plasma techn.

Mr. Keshe (fourth from right) and Professor Nyarko (sixth from left) in a  pose with the participants after the opening ceremony.The maiden African Space Technology conference opened in Accra yesterday.

The three-day programme was to afford participants the opportunity to discuss ways of using space science technology to address challenges confronting the continent.

The event, organised by the Keshe Foundation, in collaboration with the Ghana Space Science Technology Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), was on the theme: ‘The New Dawn: Africa’s Meteoric Rise in Spaceship Technology.

The Director of Keshe Foundation, Mehran Tarakoli Keshe, speaking at the event, urged African scientists to collaborate and use plasma technology to develop the continent.

According to him, Africa was blessed with abundant resources that could be used to transform the socio-economic lives of the people.

Mr. Keshe indicated that simple plasma technology could be used to decontaminate water bodies that which were heavily polluted, instead of using millions of dollars to purchase chemicals for the same purpose.

He said Ghana could become the centre of knowledge for the rest of Africa if stakeholders supported the GAEC to move from basics to advance physics.

The director charged the commission to adopt measures to produce cheap energy for the country.

He urged African leaders to use the resources spent on arms to improve the technology sector of their economies.

The Director General of the GAEC, Professor Benjamin J.B. Nyarko, said science and technology had become the principal agents of social and economic change as such call for more support to enable the technology impact positively on society.

The Keshe technology applications, he explained, were used in wide range of fields including, medicine, human health, agriculture, food production, space science, automobile and energy.

All these, Prof. Nyarko noted would help adopt new technologies to resolve water shortage, lack of electric power, climate change and disease.


By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

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