PRESIDENT ZUMA CONGRATULATES SOUTH AFRICAN SCIENTIST FOR WINNING NKRUMAH PRIZE

ADDIS ABABA, President Jacob Zuma has congratulated South African scientist Professor Robert Millar on winning the prestigious African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah award.

Speaking following the announcement of Prof Millar winning the award here Sunday, President Zuma said the development of science and technology is essential for improving the lives of Africa’s people.

“The development of science and technology is essential for the improvement of the lives of Africa’s people, and this is one area where we need to invest resources and encourage our youth to explore, he said of the accolade awarded during the opening ceremony of the 30th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) taking place in the Ethiopian capital.

Prof Millar won in the Life and Earth Sciences category. Each winner receives 100,000 US dollars in prize money.

“The South African government will continue to provide a conducive environment for research and innovation as one of those areas identified in the National Development Plan, said President Zuma.

The awards which have been running since 2008, are in memory of pan-Africanist and Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

The summit was held on Sunday and Monday under the theme of fighting corruption.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK