The Ghana Museum and Monuments Board (GMMB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Creative Arts (MoTCCA), and the Ministry of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has organized the maiden Science and Technology Exhibition in Accra.
The 3-day exhibition aimed to project various age-old artefacts of various handiworks to Ghanaians and showcase the idea of instilling scientific innovation into young Ghanaian citizens as well as encourage the youth to venture into science.
Delivering the welcome address, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Creative Arts, Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agare, said the long-awaited project of establishing a Museum of Science and Technology (MST) had come to stay and called on Ghanaians to demonstrate that they could build on that framework.
Hon. Ofosu-Agare pledged her Ministry’s commitment to ensuring that the necessary policy guidelines were put in place for the GMMB to deliver on its mandate.
The Minister stressed the need to support GMMB in its quest to execute the mandate assigned it since scientific knowledge and its popularisation had been crucial in the transformation of many societies globally.
She noted that the maiden exhibition was part of activities marking the education promotion week organized to extend the objectives of the MST project and engage the public to appreciate scientific concepts and adapt them as part of their socio-cultural lifestyles.
In a statement, the Deputy Minister for the Environment, Science and Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Hon. Bernice Adiku Heloo, noted that the exhibition marked an important milestone in the promotion of science and technology in Ghana.
Hon. Heloo added that it was symbolic of an enormous investment being made to complete the Museum Centre and reiterated government’s commitment to completing this important project and to fulfil the overall goal underpinning the development of science and technology in Ghana.
She said there were key MESTI market-oriented technology development and transfer programmes which were on-going and that MESTI was implementing the Museum project in collaboration with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) under the sponsorship of the World Bank.
She added that her outfit was also building partnerships with private sector enterprises to commercialise their technologies and urged the management of GMMB not to rest on its oars but go all way to complete the science museum.
In a short address, the Executive Director of GMMB, Dr Zagba Narh Oyotey, said despite seemingly insurmountable odds, the Board continued to work diligently to facilitate socio-cultural change not only through history and cultural change or through history and cultural studies but also in demystifying science and celebrating Ghanaian ingenuity.
Dr Oyotey outlined some of intervention plans GMMB is putting in place as expansion of the joint working group to include more people from industry and education; and commissioning a total assessment of the condition of the MST building so as to determine what modifications or reinforcements would be necessary.
Source: ISD (Tally A. Asiedu)