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The General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) and the Public Service Workers Union (PSWU) under the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has issued a stern warning to government agencies and estate developers to desist from encroaching on their lands which have been demarcated for research purposes.
The associations also expressed worry over the unconcerned attitude of the government to act appropriately by calling the perpetrators to order.
The call was made during a recent press briefing jointly organized by both associations at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) office in Accra.
The Vice chairman of GAWU, Michael Amo-Gyasi, said, already, the 13 institutions under the CSIR are bedevilled with myriad of challenges which needs urgent attention.
“The challenges include low budgetary allocations and laissez faire appreciation of research outcomes from research institutions,” he no stated.
He said some invaders have encroached the portions of land demarcated for research purposes for the benefit of the country.
Amo-Gyasi noted that, the perpetrators encroached the land under the pretext of developing the land to solve the affordable housing unit problems and claimed
“All attempt to prevent this illegal activities proved futile because of lack of cooperation from the national security agencies”
He argued that, though it is equally important to address the housing deficit issues of the country, the CSIR lands are totally for researching and other important purpose and not for housing purposes.
He also accused the Ga West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Clement Wilkinson of conniving with the perpetrators to encroach the land.
“CSIR lands at Frafraha, Airport Residential area, Kwadaso, Fumesua both in Kumasi, Bunso and Tamale have all being encroached.”
“Information reaching us indicates that, the Ga West MCE, Hon. Clement Wilkinson is the master brain behind the main encroachment, though he keeps denying the allegation,” he indicated.
He therefore called on the Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology to intervene and stop the wanton destruction of infrastructure for development of research in Ghana.
“We also asked the minister for Works and Housing to stop engaging in expropriation of the lands of CSIR,” he emphasized.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey