Accra, Sept. 5, GNA - Dr Kwame Addo-Kuffuor, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), has said Science, Maths and Technology education play a very important role in the development of great nations.
“Countries with a strong foundation in science and technology are the ones which develop faster and improve the living standards of their people,” he said, citing Japan, Russia, China, India, and Brazil as examples.
“The Asian Tigers have also moved along the same path”.
Dr Addo-Kuffuor made this known when the winners of the 2018 National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) competition called on the Board of Trustees at the Pension House in Accra.
A statement issued to the Ghana News Agency by SSNIT Corporate Affairs said the Board Chairman called on institutions not only to offer encouragement to the youth but empower them to excel in Science, Maths and Technology, which would help accelerate Ghana’s development.
He said SSNIT had decided to offer support to encourage and empower the youth in their quest to pursue Science, Maths and Technology education.
“This will push our youth to seek excellence in all endeavours and help develop this nation,” he added.
The Board Chairman, who is also a senior medical doctor, said he was unhappy that after many years of independence, Ghana seemed to be crawling.
“How come we are exporting unprocessed cocoa, gold, timber, bauxite and others, while countries which have little or no natural resources like Singapore are doing well?” he quizzed.
Citing the example of Rwanda, he said because the country embraced Science and Technology, it was developing rapidly.
“It is for this reason that for the first time, SSNIT has decided to be part of the National Science and Maths Quiz Competition,” Dr Addo-Kuffuor.
“The Trust seeks to raise a crop of young people who would feel motivated to pursue and excel in Science, Maths and Technology in order to make a positive impact on national development and help move Ghana in the direction of rapid progress and development,” he said.
The winners were offered GH¢10,000.00 in treasury bills; an internship programme at SSNIT and a national service placement when they are due.
Responding on behalf of the winners, Mr Solomon Mantey Sodzi, the Tutor and Leader of the Team, thanked SSNIT for the kind gesture and said this would motivate them to do better.
The winners were Kissi Annor Kwaku, Fenny Benjamin and Oteng Kwadwo Frimpong.