Ghana: Universities in Ghana urged to set up GIS for environmental planning and exploration in the country. In addition, they demanded research laboratories where geographical data can be collected and analysed.
Alhaji Issahaku Saliah, Upper West Regional Minister, made the call at the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Ghana Geographical Association (GGA) and Ghana Geography Teachers Association (GGTA) at the Wa Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS). The theme for this year’s meeting was: “The Role of Geographers in Achieving Millennium Development Goals One and Seven”.
Alhaji Salia stated that Geographers are key resource persons for every nation that sought to unearth and to develop its natural resources. He urged universities to redirect their energies and strategies towards improving teaching and learning of both physical and human geography, which would be of great help to the country’s development.
Salia noted that the high poverty levels in the three northern regions could be attributed partly to the high rate of land degradation, desertification, bushfires and the effects of droughts.