Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has urged all youth with innovative skills and ideas that can help boost the economy to get in touch with his ministry for the necessary support and mentorship.
According to him, quite a number of youth in Ghana are struggling to develop their skills and ideas into meaningful ventures due to lack of substantial support and mentorship.
Given that, he reiterated his ministry’s commitment to support all youth with innovative ideas and skills to develop them into viable ventures.
Professor Frimpong Boateng made the call when he invited two young brothers – Kwesi and Kojo Ansah – who have invented 11-12 volts generator using fermented cassava and heated sand.
The two brothers invented the generator using fermented cassava and sand to generate electricity as an alternative power supply to serve indigenes of Koforidua, where they come from.
Kwesi and Kojo Ansah have also converted a car battery from Direct Circuit (DC) to Alternative Circuit (AC) and designed it into a portable device which can be used to charge phones, generate light and connect radio sets.
The Minister congratulated the siblings for the innovation, and assured them of his ministry’s support.
He explained that the meeting with the two brothers was a first step towards a broader conversation, as he scheduled for a subsequent meeting that would advance their discussions to ways of developing and scaling up their innovations.
The Minister noted that the innovation by the two siblings can only be helpful to the nation when the efforts put in is capable to produce enough for the nation to benefit.
Kwesi and Kojo Ansah, on their part, thanked the Minister for paying attention to their innovative ideas and his willingness to support them.
They explained that the motivation behind their innovation was to use it to reduce the high cost of electricity and also ease the burden on the national grid.
The two, who completed junior high school in 2009, revealed that the idea came to mind after praying to God for more insight on how fireflies produce light without any electricity power.
They are of the view that with funding and support, they can manufacture a bigger version of the device with a bigger reservoir which will generate more power.
Source: John Elliot HAGAN & Naomi Quarshie ABAKWAN || The Finder