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New DG for CSIR

BY: Elizabeth Nyaadu Adu
Professor Paul Pinnock Bosu, the new Director-General of CSIR showing his symbol of office after swearing the oath of office

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has inducted into office a new Director-General, Professor Paul Pinnock Bosu, at a ceremony in Accra.

The event which was the 7th induction of the Director-General of the CSIR was attended by some past Director-Generals of the Council, directors of the 13 Research Institutes under the council, civil society organisations and other personalities.

Delivering his inaugural address last Friday, Prof Bosu said said about 800 acres of land that belongs to the CSIR Animal Research Institute (ARI) at Frafraha has been encroached on with 200 acres left for the institute.

He therefore appealed to the government to help recover and protect their lands across every part of the country.

“These are lands legally acquired by government for the purposes of Research and Development (R&D) for this country.

“I entreat government and all stakeholders who have a say to help save and protect CSIR lands no matter where they are located,” he said.

He said since the Institute made serious efforts to protect the remaining portions of the land that had not been heavily encroached by walling it since it started facing the encroachment yet the wall has not deterred encroachers.

“In the last two years, the encroachers have become bolder and entered the walled area destroying research facilities and putting up buildings or walling off large tracts of land,” he added.

Transfer of tech

As part of measures to achieve CSIR’s mandate during his tenure, he said there was a lot he had envisioned to be achieved together the CSIR team in the next five years.

“We will significantly improve results delivery and transfer of technologies that we have developed and aggressively pursue financial resource mobilisation to ensure that we have resources available to undertake research in that direction.

“We will develop strategies to promote commercialisation of our research products and significantly improve our writing and translation in general,” Professor added.

He also appealed to government to expedite action on the implementation of the National Research Fund act in order to make resources available for research and development of this country.

Innovation

A speech read on behalf of the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Dr Kwaku Afriyie, said within the next decade innovation must account for the largest part of Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“Ghana will achieve this by strengthening the country's innovation ecosystem introducing robust innovation support programmes, developing nationwide infrastructure to support innovation, training our youth and equipping them with the tools for creating sustainable innovation and establishing Ghana as they prepare this nation for Technology and Innovation related investments,” he said.