Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo is reiterating his government’s ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ policy; a plan to wean the country off the support of donor nations and move into a period of self reliance. Speaking at the 37th Annual Kristo Asafo Technology Exhibition at Awoshie, Accra, the President said it is time for the country to unleash it’s full potential in all facets of life to create a self-sufficient, self-dependent nation.
“We must try and be self reliant in Ghana. Going round the world cup-in-hand is not our portion as Ghanaians; that’s not how God created us to be like” he said. “We have to be self-sufficient, we have to stand on our own feet; and we are going to be able to do that when we are masters of technology”, he added.
Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng in his speech said the absence of a policy framework for science and technology in the country is a problem and that is why his ministry has drafted a document to be presented before cabinet on the subject. He said plans are also afoot to set up a Science, Technology and Innovation Fund (STIF) into which the President has promised to invest 1% of GDP to help fund technological research when approved.
He said there is also a document on plans set up an advisory council made up of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs etc. to advise the president on matters concerning science and technology.
Zeroing in on how the government is going to support the work of Apostle Safo, he said the government also plans to set up foundries and other machine shops that would make the mass production of the components Kantanka uses in the manufacture of their vehicles on a large scale possible.
On his part, the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II decried the phenomenon where Ghanaians have to totally rely on western donors to do anything meaningful, including extraction of mineral resources. He said no nation is greater than Ghana, but there is the need to recognize potential and unearth it.
Apostle Safo praised the government’s ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ policy asked the government for support.