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Public Lecture: Great Adventures on the Surface of Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and Phoenix Lander

Distinguished Invited Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen:

On my own behalf, and on behalf of the Regent-Ghana community, I welcome you all to today’s Public Lecture. Today’s lecture, which I think, will be fascinating by all standards, has to do with man’s efforts to explore outer space, with specific reference to the planet Mars. It focuses on the contributions that one of our own, Dr Ashitey Trebi-Olenu, has made and continues to make towards this extraordinary adventure.

We live on a continent that has been perennially associated with bad news. In spite of the enormous natural and human resources the good LORD has generously bestowed on this great continent, disease, poverty, illiteracy, and environmental degradation have been our lot. And in the face of these challenges, our leaders, more often than not, appear helpless.

One thing that unites our speaker, Dr Ashitey, with our institution, is the passion to solve problems. As an institution, we have a strong passion to see a change in the fortunes of this country and this great continent. We have a strong passion to see the solutions of the problems that have long bedevilled the development of our country and this great continent, a situation that has left majority of our people helpless, powerless and hopeless.

It is our expectation that the engineering and scientific achievements of our speaker and other Africans who have achieved greatness in other endeavours will inspire all of us to keep our hopes high, that Ghana, and for that matter, Africa, shall be saved from the debilitating conditions of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and filth. But it cannot be overemphasised that this can only happen if governments, individuals, families, and the world community play their respective roles.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, once again, I want to welcome you to today’s lecture. I trust we will enjoy the lecture and the discussions that will ensue.