The Ghana United Nations Association (GUNA) has called on the government to as a matter of urgency, set aside funds, to develop and commercialize the innovations exhibited at science and technology fairs.
“This will ensure the creation of jobs, and the exportation of such technologies to other countries for foreign exchange,” GUNA noted in a statement to commemorate World Science Day.
World Science Day for Peace and Development observed each year on November 10, highlights the important role that science has in society. It also highlights the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues.
World Science Day was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001 and celebrated for the first time in 2002.
GUNA in a statement signed on behalf of Director of Administration, Rev. Kingsley Osafo-Mireku, said inventions and innovations developed by individuals showcased at science and technology fairs should be mainstreamed into the country’s development agenda.
Below is the full statement:
WORLD SCIENCE DAY FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT
Today, the application of science and technology have become the denominator for fast pace development. Countries which have a strong base in science and technology are the ones that develop faster and a few examples are countries like Japan, Brazil, China, India and emerging economies like Bahrain and many more. Any economy that relegates science to the background will continue to wallow in poverty and underdevelopment irrespective of how intelligent its people are, comparatively.
It is therefore incumbent on us as a nation to take science and technology very serious if we ever dream to play along with the high and mighty economies of the world. It is on this note that GUNA wants to add her assertive voice and make some profound input in the way forward so far as science and technology is concerned on the following critical matters;