Gov’t Urged To Build More Science Schools In The NR

IMG_2623[1]The Regent of Dagbon, Kampakuya-Na Abdulai Yakubu   Andani, has appealed to the government to construct more science and technology based educational institutions in the three northern regions to bridge the gap between the north and south in the study of science.

“We appreciate the efforts of government at improving education in the country, however, we urge government to do more, especially for the three northern regions which lags behind in science and technology based educational institutions,” he said.

This was, contained in an address read on his behalf at the inauguration of a private science and technology-biased educational institution,the College of Science and Technology (COSTECH).

The institution which is a Junior High School was established by a private person, Nathaniel Adams, a businesswoman.

The college, the first of its kind in the north, is meant to address the shortage of medical doctors and other related science professionals in the north.

The COSTECH, which is also meant to offer opportunities to students at the basic level to study science has facilities such as ICT facilities and accessories, hostels for both male and female, a science laboratory and other educational and recreational facilities.

In addition, the college has a large maize farm and poultry which the students use for their practical work.

Kampakuya-Na commended the founder of the college for the initiative and pledged his support.

“We in the north believe that with the official opening of this institution it opens another window of opportunity to every child to develop themselves especially in the science and technology discipline,” the regent said.

Dr. Alfred Sugri Tia, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation said the role of science and technology is crucial to socio-economic growth of the nation.

That he explained had accounted for the reason why the government was investing heavily in the science and technology sector.

“We invest public money in science not just for science’s sake but because we expect it to lift our socio-economic performance both directly and indirectly,” he said.

Dr. Tia noted that the incentive schemes and packages initiated by the government such as Mathematics, Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme (MASTESS) is a strategy to encourage many students to specialise in science related professions.

He donated 30 computers and dustbins to the college and assured of government’s commitment to help it realise its dream.

Mr. Abdul-Rahman Hannah Gundadow, Tamale Mayor advised parents in the region to grab the opportunity by ensuring that their wards get enrolled in the college.

Mr. Nathaniel Adams, founder of the college, said the board intends to put up a Senior High School in two years and establish a university in six years.

From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Yendi.

 

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