The CSIR-Crops Research
Institute has awarded deserving and hardworking members of staff at its End-of-Year programme held on the 20th of December, 2017. The categories of staff awarded included junior and senior staff as well as research staff. The awardees were presented with various prize packages by the Director of the Institute, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin who urged all other staff members to emulate their colleagues in the coming year.
Dr. Maxwell Asante, a rice breeder at the Institute won the research staff of the year award, while Miss Matilda Frimpong and Miss Esther Dwomoh won in the senior and junior staff categories respectively. The Director’s Special award for 2017 went to Mr. Jonas Osei-Adu whose tremendous work at the Institute was applauded by all.
Other awardees included 2017 retiring staff and outgoing Heads of Divisions. A special citation was given to Mr. Lawrence K. Mensah who has served the Institute for so long and has been transferred to the CSIR-FORIG.
Miss Esther Dwomoh, receiving her award from Dr William Kwesi Agble.
Dr. Stella Ennin, in her closing address to staff, mentioned that the CRI chalked another success within the year as two of its scientists, Dr Maxwell Asante and Dr Kofi Darteh won the National Best Researcher awards.
She also appealed to the Government to lift recruitment restrictions so that the Institute can solve its problem of staff attrition. “The Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is losing its personnel at the expense of productivity. We should not assume that we will be able to deliver if a fundamental thing like shortage of staff is not addressed,” declared, Dr. Stella Ama Ennin.
Though she acknowledged that four retiring staff have been replaced this year, she indicated that the Institute’s 633 workforce is dropping averagely by 30 every year. “When you look at our ceiling, we’re only about 65% from meeting our staff strength, “she added.
Dr. Ennin also expressed reservations about the lack of a proper award package for the National Best Researcher Award scheme as compared to the National Best Farmer Award scheme. She stressed that, the farmers can succeed only with support from the research institutions. “We’re saying that we’re also ready to receive a house, “she emphasized.
Present at the ceremony were the members of the Institute’s Management Committee as well the very first Director of the Institute, 91-year old Dr. William Kwesi Agble, who was the special guest of honour.
The winner for the “Best Worker (Senior Staff Category), Miss Matilda Frimpong receives her award.
Dr. Maxwell Asante, a rice breeder at the Institute receiving his award.
The first Director of the Institute, Dr William Agble addressing the gathering.
A cross section of staff of the Institute at the ceremony.
The outgoing Head of Administration, Mr. Lawrence Mensah receiving his citation from the Director, Dr. Stella Ennin.