August 07, 2022
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MESTI Minister advises CSIR to be more visible to Ghanaians

  • Being visible as an organisation causes people to know what an organisation does and calls for products and services when needed.
  • The MESTI Minister urges CSIR to consciously improve its visibility to let the public know more about their exploits.

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has urged the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to come out of their shells and make themselves more visible to the public.

 ‘‘We must make a conscious effort to make ourselves visible”, he urged the Council at a staff durbar after he visited the CSIR-Water Research Institute (CSIR-WRI), the Soil center of the CSIR-Soil Research Institute (CSIR-SRI) and the CSIR-Science, Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI).  

His visit was to familiarize himself with the various Institutes of the Council and to deepen the relationship between MESTI and CSIR.

According to him, scientists by way of their training do not show off their exploits as a result, the public knows less of what CSIR does urging that, they ought to come out of their shells and make the world know their works.

“It is not as if we (scientists) are propelling ourselves, but indeed it is good for the country, that they know what we are capable of”, Dr. Afriyie who is a medical doctor by profession said.

Referencing some CSIR works that government has adopted as part of its planting for Food and Job (PFJ) policies, the MESTI Minister cited CSIR-Crops Research Institute for the provision of seeds and grains to produce maize varieties and legumes.

He also said the supply of fertilizers to farmers throughout the country by the Ministry of Agriculture (MoFA) underwent testing by CSIR-SRI adding that, all these works should be in the public domain.

Dr. Afriyie urged CSIR to submit and follow up on proposals on threats to food crops that may affect the health of Ghanaians and emphasized that, MESTI was ever ready to push the proposals to attract funding from government.

Professor Mike Y. Osei-Atweneboana, the Director of CSIR-WRI, gave a background of CSIR-WRI and said “it is one of the Institutes established in 1996 by a merger of Water Resources Research Institute the Aquatic Biology Research Institute both of the CSIR which were created in 1965 and 1982 respectively.

Prof. Atweneboana added that CSIR-WRI has various partners with water and health-based institutions adding, the purpose of the partnerships is to ensure that, various research funding fed into policy decisions and actions towards national development.

The Director expressed the practice of illegal mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’ as one of the challenges in getting quality water for public consumption.   

Dr. Wilhelmina Quaye, the Director of CSIR-STEPRI described the Institute as “a lead, very effective policy research institute” and therefore if MESTI is looking for any research to cut across all sectors, it should not hesitate to consult the Institute for assistance.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rose Omari, the Head of Industry and Services at CSIR-STEPRI, urged the MESTI minister to advocate for the approval of the aflatoxin policy at Cabinet meeting.

Aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on crops such as maize, peanuts, cottonseed and tree nuts.

She added that the policy has gone through several stages since 2018 and is now waiting for government approval. The policy has recommendations on what the country should do and the roles institutions have to play.

CSIR was established in 1958 and has 13 institutes namely CSIR-Water Research Institute, CSIR-Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, CSIR-Crops Research Institute and CSIR-Water Research Institute.

The rest are CSIR-Science Technology and Policy Research Institute, CSIR-Soil Research Institute, CSIR-Institute for Scientific and Technological Information, CSIR-Food Research Institute and CSIR-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, CSIR-Institute of Industrial Research, CSIR-Oil Palm Research Institute and CSIR-Building and Roads Research Institute.

From 2nd left, Mrs. Genevieve Yankey, the Director of Administration, CSIR, Prof. Paul Bosu, the Deputy Director-General, CSIR, Mrs. Cynthia Asare Bediako, the Chief Director of MESTI, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie (MP), the Minister of MESTI, Prof. Victor Agyeman, Director-General, CSIR, Prof. Mike Yaw Osei-Atweneboana, Director, CSIR-WRI and  Dr. Wilhelmina Quaye, Director, CSIR-STEPRI in a group photograph with some staff of CSIR.

Source: Corporate Affairs Division, 

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