Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the present Minister of Setting, Science, Expertise and Innovation made the case for prioritising analysis throughout his inaugural lecture on October 7, 2003, on the Ghana Academy for Arts and Science.
He talks concerning the significance of studying from the previous to construct a steady democracy and increase transparency.
He additionally maintains that: “Expertise is central to the event course of and long-run time period structural change is technology-driven.”
Discover beneath his full speech
Maybe the situations which can guarantee the long run survival of the cardiothoracic centre should not medical in any respect however reasonably elements which border on the very survival of the nation as a complete.
We in Africa are concerned in a battle for our very survival.
It’s a pure legislation that any group of dwelling organism which can be unable to feed, shelter, dress, heal and defend itself can’t survive in the long term.
Once more any group of dwelling organisms which can be unable to adapt themselves to adjustments within the atmosphere will ultimately discover itself on the trail of doom.
Thus far, it seems that, the current workers of the Nationwide Cardiothoracic has finished what’s humanly potential in our surroundings to determine and preserve a system that works.
Nevertheless, it’s apparent that we have now we lag behind the developed world.
The rationale for that is that Ghana lacks the technological capability to deal with even primary necessities.
Once more, it’s apparent that the shortage of capability for the home capital-goods and the equipment manufacturing is a singular attribute of our undevelopment.
The commercial atmosphere of Ghana is extraordinarily weak, missing the capability to provide probably the most primary instruments and supplies for manufacturing.
This lack of capability for the capital-goods and equipment manufacturing additionally imply that even when equipment and tools are imported, we lack the home capabilities to take care of the programs.
We are able to now not afford to import all the pieces from toothpick to plane and anticipate that the one strategy to prosperity is thru funding by foreigners in our nation.
Our so-called growth companions have been coming and going for greater than 400 years.
How on earth can anybody nonetheless consider that after they’ve taken us by means of slavery, colonialism, dislocated commerce relationship and unworkable World Financial institution and IMF prescriptions, they’re now ready to assist us out of “HIPC”?
The contradiction of our state of affairs is that Africa spends about $four billion yearly to recruit and pay 100,000 expatriates to work in Africa however we fail to spend a proportional quantity to recruit the 250,000 African professionals now working outdoors Africa.
Which nation on the planet has free cash to present to Africans? The query we must always ask ourselves is how did they earn that free cash?
I’m but to be informed of any of our growth companions with whom we have now a constructive commerce stability. It’s unacceptable that about 80% of inputs into agriculture, training and well being are from overseas sources.
We are able to make headway by confronting our issues ourselves. Certainly the non-public sector ought to develop however it isn’t sufficient simply speak about creating enabling ambiance for the non-public sector to develop.
The non-public sector in Ghana has no cash, no information, and no expertise. How can anybody anticipate it to develop?
It can’t in its current state be the engine of progress. At greatest it’s an engine block mendacity on the bottom at a fitters store. It must be fitted with all the opposite components after which be put right into a automobile and the automobile ought to have a driver.
So far as I’m involved, the measure of success of any management is just not a lot what number of roads, faculties, wells, electrical energy and different so-called growth tasks that it might present.
Not even the quantum of overseas funding it might appeal to is a measure of success.
Somewhat success of true management is to what extent the management can mobilise the individuals to steer unbiased lives: to feed, shelter, dress, heal and defend them.
Expertise is central to the event course of and long-run time period structural change is technology-driven.
To carry out open-heart surgical procedure, one wants about 250 completely different articles, supplies and machines, starting from the frequent cotton gauze to the heart-lung machine. The unhappy factor is that each one of those articles is imported. It’s not possible to maintain such a system.
Ghana wants a machine instrument centre as a matter of urgency so that we’ll be within the place to fabricate many of the issues that we want in our each day lives, together with primary hospital provides.
The technical faculties, polytechnics, the College of Science and Expertise ought to and all of the scientific analysis establishments should be outfitted now to assist in the scientific and technological growth of Ghana.
With out the flexibility to fabricate machines which can allow us to create wealth we can’t get anyplace.
The hole between us and the developed world is a technical hole and nothing else. Cardiothoracic surgical procedure is principally within the areas of science and expertise.
To keep up our current place we wanted to amass the expertise to make new supplies and invent machines and processes.
In conclusion, if we’re capable of study from the previous, impact the required institutional and attitudinal adjustments in a steady democratic nation and heal the 2 predominant nationwide illness of corruption and lack of capability for native capital items manufacturing, we can be within the place to create wealth to make sure the way forward for cardiothoracic surgical procedure in Ghana.