He said as the government took keen interest in issues bordering on environment and science, there was the need for the scientists to come up with ideas that influence government policies aimed at addressing the challenges.The President made the call when members of the National Planning Committee of the Ghana Science Congress, led by Prof. Marian Ewurama Addy, called on him at the Castle, Osu, in Accra yesterday.
The committee was at the Castle to inform the President of the first-ever Ghana Science Congress to be held in Accra on August 2, 2011. The delegation also used the occasion to invite the President to the programme.
The week-long programme, on the theme: “Water, Sanitation and Environment, Securing Our Future Through Science”, will showcase achievements in the field of science and technology.
People who have contributed to the development of science and technology will be honoured at the congress.
Receiving the delegation, President Mills underscored the importance of science and technology as the basis for the nation’s socio-economic development, saying “it is a good idea for people to discuss this subject.”
He affirmed the government’s commitment to support that cause and expressed the hope that concrete decisions would be taken at the congress.
Prof. Addy lauded the government’s decision to institutionalize the congress, which he said, was an indication that the government did not pay lip-service to the study of science.
Prof. Francis Nkrumah, a member of the committee, stressed the need for the adoption of traditional methods to make science and technology thrive in the Ghanaian society.
Source: Daily Graphic