Tertiary students urged to come up with innovations for development

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Accra, Nov.23, GNA-Dr Thomas Mensah, a Ghanaian-American Chemical Engineer and Inventor, has called on Ghanaians especially tertiary students to be confident and work hard to become inventors and innovators to lead in Ghana’s development.

He said Ghanaians have the capacity and are well-endowed to be great and champion the development of the country, provided they are committed to it and have the proper training.

Dr Mensah said this when he visited the Regent University College of Science and Technology in Accra, to share his vision and collaborate with the management and students on how best the school could be part of the Silicon Valley of Ghana.
He said this was very crucial as it would give students the practical side of engineering to transform Ghana’s technological space for the needed development.

The Silicon Valley of Ghana is an initiative that will create business accelerators and incubators that can compete with tech-companies around the world, move Ghana into the 21st Century technological advancement and also support the high speed Bullet Train being developed in Ghana.

It will accelerate the development and bridge the gap of practical engineering in Ghana, where graduates can build and manufacture brand new things which are different.

The innovation and competency centres, which will link up with the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (GI-KACE), according to Dr Mensah, would also include the University of Ghana, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Development Studies and the University of Cape Coast.

The Inventor said Ghana was far behind in development because the country had not prioritised science and technology and therefore the need to take practical technology seriously to drive the economy’s development.

He said the Silicon Valley would create 500,000 jobs and train 300,000 Senior High Students in Software development in the country.

“We are creating 500,000 jobs. Silicon Valley Ghana is all about jobs just like how the Silicon Valley in the United States creates jobs. All the new companies came out of Silicon Valley, the Google, and Facebook including thousands of people so we Ghana are going to do the same,” he stated.

Dr Mensah advised that Ghana’s educational curriculum must have more practical subjects to make students inventors immediately after school.

“When you finish a polytechnic ,you should be able to build something, you should be able to open up a TV and fix it, you should be able to fix the air condition, a car or the engine, the practical things are more important,” he said.

“We would use the Silicon Valley to build ordinary things such as cars among others, then later move on to satellites since it’s not only the whites who can build satellites.”

Dr Mensah noted that Ghana wants to reach a level where she is able to say “we have exposed ourselves, and therefore the country needs the practical things not just theories to be able to accomplish this task.”

He therefore called on all institutions to support the initiative and push for practical education in the country.

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