The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has joined other African states to commemorate the 2017 edition of the Africa Scientific Renaissance Day celebration.

Under the theme ‘Promoting Science Technology and Innovations (STI) for Sustainable National Development’, the week-long ceremony held in Accra was hosted by GAEC with support from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and Rite FM.

Various activities including an open day Quiz Competition for Second Cycle Institutions, Seminar Presentations, a trip to Kuntunse National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a grand Durbar and an Exhibition marked the occasion.

The Organization of Africa Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU) in 1987 passed a resolution for the annual celebration of Africa Scientific Renaissance on 30th June.

The core objective of the celebration is to remind African governments and people about the critical roles played by Science and Technology in national development.

This is also done in remembrance of the continent’s great contribution to the rise and development of modern Science and Technology.

Speaking at the grand durbar, the Director General of CSIR who doubles as chairman for the occasion Dr. Victor Agyeman lamented that expenditure on some key drivers of the country’s economy such as Science and Mathematics stands at 5.4 percent as against 40 percent expenditure on medical sciences.

He advised that Ghana must reconsider the amount pumped into Science and also reconsider the areas in order to make impact in economic development.

The Director General of GAEC, Prof. Benjamin Nyarko, in a keynote address read on behalf of the Minister of Environment Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI) advised that Science and Mathematics be taken serious in order to meet the demands of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

He disclosed that the Ministry intends to strengthen collaborations among industries, Universities and Research Centers to promote the commercialization of scientific research output.

He called on all research institutions including GAEC and the CSIR to foster close collaboration at institutional level in order to maximize research output.

The GAEC choir graced the occasion with sweet melodies coupled with a colourful cultural display and brass band music from the GAEC Basic School pupils.

The ceremony was climaxed with an exhibition of products from GAEC and CSIR.

By: Thykingdom Kudesey