Ghana to get space science centre

Ghana will soon get its own space science centre, to be launched in partnership with South Africa.

The centre will work toward providing accurate information about economic impact of climate conditions, and to enhance communication, technology, astronomy and astrophysics for national development.

In a speech read on behalf of Dr Abdullai Salifu, Director General of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, he said climate change presented significant threats to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, especially those related to eliminating poverty and promoting environmental sustainability.

He said global strategies such as government’ s policy to warn and educate farmers who depended on rain-fed agriculture could help avert short term dangers of climate change.

Ghana’ s Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Sherry Ayittey, said  the absence of a strong private sector intervention meant Ghana was lagging in scientific research and development.
“ It is worrisome that after 50 years of independence existence, the links between University of Ghana and the industrial community of Tema and Accra remain negligible.” She appealed to the private sector to increase its support.
Ayittey pledged government’ s support for the efforts of scientists in their struggle to find solutions to the myriad of problems and challenges ahead as a developing country.

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