ICT genius wants Govt to drive development with technology

By Kodjo
Adams, GNA

Accra, Sept. 21, GNA – Dr Thomas O. Mensah,
the Ghanaian -American prolific inventor and Chemical Engineer, has iterated
his advice to the Government to take advantage of the digital age to leapfrog
national development using technological innovation.

He said countries such as China and Malaysia
had developed their relevant infrastructure through the effective use of
technology and it behoved Ghana to follow suit.

Dr Mensah was speaking at a Pan-Nkrumaists
Convention, on Thursday, in Accra, to mark Founder’s Day, which is marked every
September 21, to honour Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

Dr Mensah’s works are in fields relating to
the development of fibre optics and nanotechnology. He has 14 patents, seven of
which were awarded within six years. He was inducted into the United States
National Academy of Inventors in 2015.

The event, organised by the Concerned
Nkrumaists of North America, was on the theme:” Is there a place for
Nkrumah’s Ideas in Ghana today?”

He said China was able to move six hundred
million of its people out of poverty between 1981 and 2004; and through the use
of technology in Agriculture, was feeding about one billion of its population.

“Africans must invest in agriculture to
liberate its people from poverty,” he stated. “Africans should prepare to meet
the challenging world; we cannot remain the same way we do things”.

He said Dr Nkrumah’s was determined to ensure
that the country was successful in all spheres, hence his passion for the
attainment of independence.

Dr Mensah said Dr Nkrumah believed in the
ingenuity of the African and thus worked hard towards the liberation of the
country from the shackles of foreign domination so that it could steer its own

In view of this, he stated, massive
infrastructure development, including the Tema Harbour and the Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology, were initiated by the First President.

“The Government needs to do more to expand the
scope of development,” he declared.

“Africans are capable of doing great
things, all we need to do is to be determined and believe in ourselves but
avoid the notion that the expatriates are all knowing”.

On the theme for discussion, Dr Mensah said he
believed that the ideas of Dr Nkrumah were relevant in today’s democratic
dispensation and charged Ghanaians to learn from his enviable legacy, which the
Government must build on.

Dr Nicholas Atampugre, an Independent
Consultant, said Nkrumah made the country a hub of technology and innovation
and sensitised Ghanaians and Africans at large, on the importance of projecting
their positive personality.

He also encouraged them to develop their
cultural heritage and mobilised the youth to be patriotic for national

He said the progressive forces of Nkrumaists
were fragmented and disunited today because they had since marginalised the
youth and women.

He advised Nkrumaists to form strategic
linkages with Pan-Africanists and Socialist Movement and parties in West Africa
and also nurture linkages with progressive forces in Central Africa.

“We need to link the practical needs of
the masses with the political mobilisation for power, review and develop a
strategy for radically changing Ghana’s neo-colonial governance
architecture,” he said.


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