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Ghana Needs More Engineers to Drive Industrialisation – President Akufo-Addo

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The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has emphasized the need for Ghana to produce more engineers to drive the country’s development agenda. Speaking at the Jubilee House on April 19, 2023, the President highlighted the importance of engineers in realizing the industrialization goal of the country, as was achieved by China. He noted that China has been able to transform its economy, becoming the world’s second-largest economy, due to the strategic plan to train engineers who have been instrumental in growing the economy of the country.

“The journey of the 21st century is about science and technology. The most extraordinary success story so far on the 21st century in the economy of China. 40% of students at the tertiary level in China are engineering students and these are the statistics that we have to try and achieve if indeed our dream of transformation is going to be more than a dream”, he said.

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President Akufo-Addo added that Ghana needs to aim for 40% of tertiary students to be engineering students because they hold the key to the process of development and transformation.

The President made these remarks when he received six winners of the maiden edition of the Ghana Science and Tech Explorer Challenge Prize (GSTEP), their school authorities, and event partners. The six students from Udara Basic School demonstrated their innovative Illuminated Child Road (ICR) safety device, which won the prize. The device was developed to address the increasing number of road accidents involving school children in Kumasi. The President commended the students for their exceptional skill and congratulated them for their achievement and success.

“I am astonished and delighted about what has taken place this afternoon, and I want to congratulate you for what you have been able to do”, President Akufo-Addo said in praise.

The Ghana Science and Tech Explorer Challenge Prize (GSTEP) Challenge is a three-year program aimed at encouraging Junior High School (JHS) students and teachers to develop practical Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) skills and products that benefit local communities. The challenge will work with 20,000 JHS students, teachers, schools, and communities in the Greater Accra, Eastern, and Ashanti regions to encourage practical learning and the development of STEM and ICT skills through a series of challenge prizes.

President Akufo-Addo called on the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Roads and Transport to look seriously into the possibility of adopting the apparatus invented by the students to be used across the country. It is expected that this will help to reduce the high number of accidents involving school children on the roads.

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