The West African Science Association (WASA) biennial conference opened at the University of Ghana in Accra on Monday (20 March) attended by representatives from a number of African states.
The West African Science Association (WASA) biennial conference opened at the University of Ghana in Accra on Monday (20 March) attended by representatives from a number of African states. The four-day conference had as its theme "science as an instrument for development."
SYNOPSIS: Here, at the University of Ghana in Accra last Monday, the eight biennial conference of the West African Science Association was opened. Ghana's Education Minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Nkegbe, was among the dignitaries taking part in the opening ceremonies. Two hundred delegates from a number of African countries were attending the four-day conference, as were observers from international bodies.
The theme of the conference was "science as an instrument of development".
University Vice-Chancellor Alex Kwapong welcomed the delegates. In his address, he pointed out that developing countries allocate a high percentage of their annual budgets to the financing of higher education -- and they expect to see returns on those investments in the form of solutions to some of their urgent problems. He said that a great responsibility therefore lies with scientists who are the products of universities and other higher institutions.
The opening address was given by Colonel Nkegbe. It was read on behalf of Colonel Ignatius Achaempong, the head of Ghana's military government. He expressed the hope that the Association's continued growth would provide a nucleus for a stronger and more viable international scientific committee for West Africa. He said the theme of the conference was very appropriate for an age which has become largely technological, because one couldn't encourage national development without the infusion scientific and technological know-how in the development process.