Ghana Govt. enters deal to boost radio astronomy

By Sam Edem
President Akufo Addo at the Launch of the Radio Astronomy Observatory
President Akufo Addo at the Launch of the Radio Astronomy Observatory

The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), has signed a deal to institutionalize cooperation in radio astronomy.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Ghana and eight other African countries and it's expected to facilitate collaborations between the partnering nations in the scientific studies and projects.

The development comes after the launch of the Ghc30 million Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory at Kutunse in the Greater Accra Region.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, at the project’s launch described it as the beginning of a new era in Ghana’s quest to harness the potential of Space Science and Technology for its accelerated socio-economic development.

Commenting on the development, South African Minister for Science and Technology, Naledi Mandisa Pandor noted the MOU would help African countries achieve higher heights in the field of science.

“Now that we have a project of this nature, the square kilometer array, it offers us an opportunity to improve research infrastructure in African countries and we are really proud of what we have achieved of Ghana in creating a radio astrology in Kuntunse”, he said.

Other African countries who signed the deal with Ghana included, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Mozambique, Madagascar, Botswana, Mauritius and Zambia.

Ghana is now the second African country with a Radio Astronomy Observatory facility.