Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister-designate for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation has assured that, almost every waste product will become a potential raw material, to add value to goods and services during his tenure in office.
He said waste such as “dirty oil”, plastics, saw dust, harvested corn stalks, groundnut husks would be recycled to save the environment and also boost the economic activities of these products.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng gave the assurance when he appeared before the Appointment Committee of Parliament, yesterday, to be vetted for his ministerial position.
He said, Ghana did not need land filled sites to deposit waste, as he envisioned the potential of many to generating power to the extent that in future, the country would rather be importing waste for its industrial needs as pertaining in Sweden now.
He said the country was endowed with many talented youths with innovative minds to create and invent adding that, such person lack benefactors to see their dream through.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said the Ministry has, therefore, decided to create a Business Development Unit and an Advisory Council on Science and Technology, to guide such potential youths to realise their dreams.
He said science and technology had become the driving force behind any country’s development and that had been behind his political ambition.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said there was the need to inculcate scientific ideals practicable into the schools from the first cycle level to the tertiary level, so that it meaning would be well placed on the minds of the people.
He said there was the need to increased funding for Research and Development in the budget from its current 0.25 per cent to at least 2.5 per cent for the country to derive he necessary dividend from Science and Technology.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said, the Ministry would engage the service of seasoned professional proposal writers in order to access the Global Fund in Fighting Climate Change in Ghana.
By Lawrence Markwei