The Academy of Arts and Sciences has received financial assistance of ¢144,210 from Kosmos Energy to enable it clear backlogs of years of unprinted manuscripts due to lack of funding.
“We are pleased to support the Academy’s activities and efforts at promotion of excellence in knowledge as well as expert knowledge to advance the social and economic development of Ghana for the past 56 years.
We hope that the support will enable the Academy to publish the backlog of research to make them available to Ghanaians. We know how important these subjects are for the nation and hence our support,” Mr. Ken Keag, the outgoing vice president and country manager of Kosmos Energy, said when he presented the cheque here last week.
He said the support signified the beginning of a long term relationship between Kosmos and the academy whose works had been extremely useful to the country.
“I acknowledge the importance of your august body, with a wide range of high quality expertise who bring their ability to bear on national development across the whole spectrum of the arts and sciences,” he said.
Mr. Keag expressed appreciation to the Academy for all the work they had done, many of them not in the public domain and for which Kosmos Energy took the decison to support.
Receiving the cheque, Emerita Prof. Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf, Vice-President of the Academy, said the assistance from Kosmos Energy, would go a long way to advance the aspiration of the Academy.
“It will help in the promotion of learning by producing and disseminating knowledge through the mass media,” she said
Prof. Ardayfio-Schandorf said “publication in print is an important dissemination strategy of the academy, however, production of the publication has suffered an enormous setback due to financial challenges.”
This, she said, had led to a huge backlog of manuscripts and papers accumulated over the years and commended Kosmos Energy Ghana, for showing interest in the academy with the support to publish its manuscripts and papers.
The academy was established 56 years ago by the first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, in November 1959, in his quest to realise his sole interest and dream of industrialising the country within the shortest possible time.
The focus of the academy is to first promote the study, extension and dissemination of knowledge of all the sciences, philosophies, humanities, the arts and sciences, fine arts, physical sciences, medical, all sciences and all forms of learning.
The ceremony was attended by fellows and officials of the Academy and a delegation from Kosmos Energy, Mr. Joe Mensah, the incoming vice-president and country manager, Ken Keag, George Sarpong, Director of Corporate Affairs and Ruth Adashie, Communications Manager among others.