I’m all out for Bawumia’s initiative to use STEM, others to drive Agric -Dr Theo Acheampong

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Economist and Political Risk Analyst, Dr Theophilus Acheampong has backed plans by Vice President and flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party(NPP), Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)  and others to drive agriculture in the country.

He described the proposition made by Dr. Bawumia as laudable and indicated that it ought to be supported if he is given the nod as President of the country.

Speaking on Accra-based Asempa Fm on the 15 proposals made by the NPP torch bearer during his unveiling recently, he noted that though some of the propositions backdate the Gordon Guggisberg era, he disagreed with others who claimed he had not outlined new ones.

“The idea of using STEM, Robotic,s and artificial intelligence to drive Agriculture health car,e and education is something I am wholeheartedly for. It is something we have got to push very strongly on that”, he disclosed.

It would be recalled that Dr. Bawumia at his presentation on February 7, 202,4 at UPSA said “I want to build a Ghana where we leverage technology,  dat,a and systems for inclusive economic growth. I want us to apply digital technology, STEM, robotic,s and artificial intelligence for the transformation of agriculture, healthcare,  education, manufacturing, fintec,h and public servic  delivery. As part of this process, it is my goal to eliminate the digital divide by achieving close to 100% internet penetration. We have already made very significant progress

in this direction by increasing internet penetration from 34%  in 2016 to 72% in 2023 (by more than double!!!). The task in the next four years is to move from 72% to close to 100%! It  is possible!”

He added”  I want to see Ghana build the digital talent we require for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will mean providing digital and software skills to hundreds of thousands of youth.  This along with other policies, will create jobs for the youth,  including school dropouts. In collaboration with the private sector, we will train at least 1,000,000 youth in IT skills,  including software developers to provide job opportunities worldwide.




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