The Executive Director of the Ghana National Museums and Monument Board (NMMB), Dr. Zagba Narh Oyortey, has commended Takoradi Polytechnic for its indigenous technological inventions to help solve local economic problems.
According to him, Ghana needs such indigenous technological innovations to accelerate the necessary socio-economic development envisaged by various governments to permanently solve the numerous challenges facing the country.
Dr. Oyortey made these remarks at the Science and Technology Exhibition held in Accra, to showcase science and technological inventions developed by Ghanaians to resolve local challenges
He said the material Takoradi Polytechnic presented at the exhibition has proven that there is hope for the country, and that when things are done right, there will be no need to depend on expatriates to solve our problems.
He urged the State to show interest and invest in local scientists, in order to boost their confidence and motivate them to come up with more innovations to help Ghanaians.
“The time has come for the people to appreciate things generated by locals for every technology consumed or used, give employment to a Ghanaian,’ Dr. Oyortey added.
Some of the items displayed at the Exhibition by the Polytechnic included self-powered canoe for fishing, automatic sun solar tracking system, sound/wind activation lighting system, solar powered canoe for fishing, and a mobile telecommunication jammer.
The rest were automatic traffic control system, ceramic, sculpture, textiles and graphics works meant to ease life and create jobs for the Youth.
The Deputy Minister of the Environment, Science and Technology, Dr. Bernice A. Heloo, reckoned that the development of every nation greatly depended on the development of its science and technology sector.
She, therefore, assured the sector of government’s support to help place science and technological innovations at the forefront of the national agenda.
The Deputy Minister of Trade, Ibrahim Mutala Mohammed, also called on the educational sector and the general public to help demystify science, so that lots of the Youth study the subject.
He appealed to Ghanaians to have confidence and patronize indigenous technologies, for that serves as the pillar of every developed country. GNA