Thursday, 22 January 2015

MacPherson Mukuka Scoops 2014 NSTC Electronic Media AWARD

Source: Zambia Daily Mail (December 2014)

Government has appealed to scientists in the country to write and publish their works for them to be used in the country’s development agenda.

Education, Vocational Training and Early Education Deputy Minister Evelyn Wilombe noted that the works of scientists can play a critical role in sustaining development in various sectors of the country’s economy.

Professor Wilombe said it was in this vein that government will spare no effort in ensuring that works of scientists are put to good use by supporting their publications.

He was speaking in Lusaka last night during the launch of a book authored by University of Zambia lecturer Professor Philip Nkunika titled ‘Terminates Management and Tropical Agro Forestry.

The book launch preceded the science and technology awards ceremony where deserving journalists and scientists were awarded for their contributions in the development of science and technology.

And National Science and Technology Council chairperson Henry Musenge noted that statistics on science writing and reading in southern Africa and Zambia in particular were unacceptably low.

Dr. Musenge said there was therefore need to inculcate a culture of reading and writing among scientists for the nation to benefit from their knowledge.

He encouraged other scientists who may be working on some manuscripts to contact the council for help in the publication of the materials.

Zambia Daily Mail staffer Christine Chisha walked away with the national science and technology merit awards in the print media category while ZNBC Radio 2 reporter MacPherson Mukuka won the electronic media category.

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