Ghana is ready to host the Africa Space Agency, an African Union initiative that will allow Africa to launch and explore the Space for improved technological advancement, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has announced.
He said out of the five countries including; Ghana, Namibia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Egypt that are bidding to host the Space Agency, Ghana, located at the centre of the world and on the equator, is better placed and more prepared to host the Agency for space exploration that has become important in the world.
Speaking at the meet-the-Press Series on Tuesday in Accra, Prof. Frimpong Boateng said apart from South Africa, Ghana is the only country that already has a Radio Astronomy Observatory.
He said the country is also training people in Astronomy and its related field of study to be able to work and support space exploration that has become important, and will put Ghana very far on the map of the world.
The Minister said Ghana will from this year, also launch the supercomputer facility at the Institute of Scientific and Technological Information (INSTI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Kuntunse, near Accra, to aid in propelling Ghana’s socio-economy from “the Adam and Eve Economy” into a modern technology propelled one that would support the Ghana beyond Aid agenda of the Government.
According to the Minister, studies has already been done on the establishment of computer machine tool centres where scientists in the country will be trained on how to use computer technology to manufacture tools and spare parts that will help industrialists to operate and stop from importing even simple tools to fix or manufacture their products.
“We need such technology to create things for ourselves and support industrialists like Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Sarfo”.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said Ghana is getting ready to explore battery storage technology and that the lithium deposits that was recently discovered in two regions of Ghana, namely Western and Volta will help in the battery storage technology that will also aid vehicle and solar panels to depend on the battery technology by the 2030s.
“In the next few years, battery technology is going to be very important. From 2019 to about 2030 a lot of motor vehicles manufacturers would be depending on electric cars while 80 percent of solar panels would also be using electrical”.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng urged all Ghanaians to help protect the environment so succeeding generations will survive and enjoy the world at large.