CHIEF Scientists are to be appointed for the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to promote Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), Mahama Ayariga, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, has said.
He explained that the chief scientists would coordinate STI activities of the MDAs and advise government on modern technologies to adopt to accelerate the development of the country.
Mr. Ayariga, who disclosed this in Accra yesterday during a working visit to the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, said the chief scientists would also work to promote and encourage local scientists to develop local technologies to meet the needs of the country.
The visit, which is the maiden visit to GAEC since he became the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, afforded him the opportunity to tour all the Institutes of the commission and to learn at first hand the operations of the commission and challenges.
Mr Ayariga, though did not indicate when the chief scientists would be appointed, explained that the appointment had become necessary to enhance the “coordination STI programmes among the MDAs”.
“Besides, the chief scientists for the various MDAs will shop around the world for the latest technology and advise government on the timelines to adopted such technologies,” he said.
Mr Ayariga said the developed economies and the Asian Tigers such as China and South Korea were making huge economic and development inroads because of the adoption of technology.
Ghana, he said, could also record rapid economic development if it adopts modern technology in dealing with the social and economic challenges facing the country.
Mr Ayariga therefore entreated scientists in the country to develop local technologies to address the development needs of the country.
“Scientists should be at the forefront and lead the efforts at addressing the development challenges facing the country,” he said.
He said STI held the key to the development of the country, and Ghana could not continue to rely on foreign technologies, when it had capable scientists who developed such technologies.
The minister said the dependence on foreign technologies in addressing virtually every developmental need of the country was the cause of the continuous fall of the cedi.
“The country depends on foreign technologies and imports almost everything to meet her needs,” he said, and stressed that the current import-dependence practice should be addressed through home-grown technologies.
To promote STI, he said, the President would be meeting Ghanaian scientists in the Diaspora when he travels for the UN General Assembly Conference in New York next month.
The objective of the meeting, he said, was to entice the Ghanaian scientists to come back home and support the country with the experience they had acquired abroad.
Government, he said, was committed to adopting nuclear energy to address the energy challenges facing the country, noting that an agreement had been signed with Russia to assist Ghana in that direction.
Mr Ayariga pledged his commitment to work around the clock to address the financial challenges facing the GAEC and also to halt the encroachment on the commission’s lands.
The Director General of the GAEC, Professor Benjamin J.B. Nyarko in his address commended the minister for taking time of his busy schedule to visit the commission and also to learn at first hand the operations.
He also paid tribute to Mr Ayariga for working assiduously for the STI Bill to be developed, saying when the bill is passed into law, it would go a long way to promote research in the country.
By Times Reporter