The Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries, Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee has said that Societies that have been blessed with natural resources but without knowledge to harness these resources do not reap the benefits of these natural resources. She added that the wealth of nations has grown and continues to do so, based on knowledge and skill, so, Nations that fail to address the knowledge and skills deficit are doomed to poverty, misery and strife. This is the story of Africa.
Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee made these statements when she delivered a key note address as the Guest Speaker at the opening ceremony of a 2-day Mechanical & Electrical Technical Division conference organized by Ghana Institution of Engineering on Thursday, 7th November, 2019 at the Engineers centre, Roman Ridge, Accra.
Speaking on the theme: The Transfer of Knowledge and Skills, The Role of the Extractive Industry, the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines explained that, the extractive industry in Ghana is over 100 years old but the economic benefits of the industry continue to elude most Ghanaians. Communities in which these resources are mined stand in contradiction to the value of mineral resources extracted therefrom. She cited examples of Obuasi, Prestea, Tarkwa, etc as glaring examples. She called on Engineers to appreciate the task of leadership which they inherit as a result of their profession and lead the way because, according to her, great economies are built on science and engineering and great battles can also be won or lost on the basis of science and engineering.
“It is my fervent hope that this conference will not end up as a flowery talking shop oiled by mechanical engineers and powered by electrical engineers”, Dr. Mrs. Joyce Aryee concluded.
The chairman of the ocasion, Prof. William Kwame Buah, Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Mines and Technology (UmaT), Tarkwa, expressed the need for young engineers to look for where societal problems are and propose solutions to better their lives. He tasked participants of the conference to come out with proposals that would bridge that gap between what exist as knowledge and practical solutions to problem. The conference was attended by the President of GhIE, Ing. Alexander Leslie Ayeh, Past Presidents of GhIE, the Executive Director of GhIE, Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, Chairman of the Mechanical Technical Division, Chairman of the Electrical Technical Division, representatives of sponsors (Tropical Cable and Conductor Ltd and Appah Electricals), members of the GhIE and the general public.