Ghana: Unu-Inra/University of Ghana Hosts 2nd Edition of Prof. Alexander Adum Kwapong Lectures

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The second edition of a Lecture Series, dubbed: Professor Alexander Adum Kwapong Lectures, Nature Speaks, has taken place in Accra.

The Lecture Series was instituted in honour of Prof. Kwapong, first Ghanaian Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana (UG) and the first African Vice Rector, the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), for his contributions to the advancement of tertiary education and governance within and outside Ghana.

Launched on 25 April 2019, the Professor Alexander Adum Kwapong Lectures is a quarterly event to be held within the respected knowledge cradle of the University of Ghana, with the aim of providing a space to facilitate free debate and the exchange of ideas.

It also forms part of efforts to close the gap between African scientific output and Africa's development strategies and to support the Mission of UG to create an enabling environment that would make the University and its constituents increasingly relevant to national and global development through objective intellectual discourse and educational outreach.

This edition of the Lecture Series was organized by the UNU-INRA― the first UN University established in 1986 by Prof. Kwapong― and the UG on the topic: Is Africa's energy transition within reach? Construction and deconstruction of energy and development narratives in Africa.

Speaking on the topic, Professor Youba Sonoko, Vice Chairman, Inter-Governmental Partnership on Climate Change (IPCC) and Guest Speaker, urged African governments to have as their vision Energy for Development, set the agenda and develop mechanisms for the realization of the agenda for the vision.

Prof. Sokono said to achieve the vision of energy sufficiency, African governments should align the energy development agenda with the overall national development agenda.

Furthermore, he said, critical to the realization of Africa's energy development agenda was the mobilization of financial resources to support the required transformation and the enhanced participation of all stakeholders.

He stressed the need for political will to realize the vision, adding that institutions should be oriented to deliver the vision and short-term imperatives should be linked with long-term ones.

Prof. Sokono called for a massive investment in energy development and a systematic approach and a gradual replacement of outdated technology and the institution of efficient transport systems.

He said education was critical to the realization of the vision of energy development and, therefore, stressed the need to promote investment through public-private partnerships and investment in the universities.

He reminded Africa governments of the limitations of a centralized energy system and urged them to leapfrog by investing in the future of energy development.

Source: G.D. Zaney, Esq.

Created: 30 July 2019

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