By Cecil Mensah
The Minister of Environment, Technology and Innovations, Mr Mahama Ayariga, has asked the directors of Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to present the Ministry with a model biogas generating plant.
The Minister gave this directive when he visited three out of the thirteen divisions under the CSIR in Accra to acquaint himself with their operations.
The fact finding tour took the Minister to the head office of CSIR, where he addressed a durbar and later visited the CSIR -Institute of Industrial Research, CSIR- Water Research Institute and CSIR- Food Research Institute.
Addressing the Directors of the various institutions, Mr Ayariga said Ghana spends a chunk of its revenue importing finished products from abroad thereby creating jobs for foreigners.
He said on daily basis Ghana needs huge foreign currencies to import these finish products resulting in the deficit the country is experiencing.
He said it is in view of these deficits that the President, John Mahama directed that the scientific community to come out innovations that will arrest the
He directed the directors of CSIR to defuse their operations by making their inventions available to Ghanaians.
Mr Herbert A. Obiri, Director of CSIR Research Institute of Industrial Research (IIR) added the mandate of the institute is to drive national development and global competitiveness in industry through scientific and technological research.
He said the institute has over the years been working in conjunction with the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to maintain and repair scientific equipment.
On his part, Director – General of CSIR, Mr Victor Kwame Agyemang said with orientation and discipline Ghana would be able reverse the trend of huge deficits if some the inventions of the institutes under CSIR are commercialized.