Chemists seek gov’t support

The President of the Ghana Chemical Society (GCS), Dr. S. Osafo-Acquah, has called on government to liaise with the association in addressing pressing issues in the country.

He explained that chemistry was critical to the promotion of the economy and the government’s development agenda.

Dr Osafo-Acquah made the call at the opening of the 18th annual conference and general meeting of association in Cape Coast, which was on the theme “Solving Ghana’s energy and environmental challenges: the role of the Chemist”.

It brought together scientists, researchers, students and the public, who discussed the relevance of chemistry to national developmental and problems facing chemists in particular and the country as a whole.

The event served as a prelude of a series of events planned by the West Central Branch of the society, to revive the activities of the GCS, which had been dormant.

Dr Osafo-Acquah called on the government to support the production of cassava and oil palm among others, to generate the needed revenue.

He also advocated the need for the country to invest in the development of plant based medicine, and to recognise herbal medicine as an important tool for national development.

Dr Osafo-Acquah said there was the need for the country to address the problem of poor quality of water, and called for the establishment of smaller laboratories to test the quality of water being produced by sachet water companies in the country.

The Minister of Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, in a speech read on his behalf, urged scientists to support the petroleum industry.

He asked chemists to adopt innovative ways of supporting the refinery process of petroleum and it’s related products.

Mr Buah called on stakeholders to collaborate to improve the petroleum industry and the adoption of a roadmap to move Ghana’s petroleum industry into the production of petro-chemicals, oil refineries, fuels and lubricant.

Mr Buah urged members of the association to research into ways of extending the shelf life of petroleum products.

The Dean of Graduate Studies of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Professor Ernest Okorley, who represented the Vice Chancellor of UCC, Prof D.D Kuupole, commended members of the association for their commitment to solving national problems.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast

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