CSIR workers protest land takeover

•    Some workers of CSIR in the demonstration.

• Some workers of CSIR in the demonstration.

Scores of workers of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), yesterday demonstrated at one of its research centres at the Airport Residential Area in Accra to demand action by their leaders to stop encroachment on its lands.

The demonstration followed a similar one held last week on one of the centre’s parcels of land at Pokuase.

Government plans to resettle displaced residents of Old Fadama, popularly known as Sodom and Gomorrah in the area.

But the staff of the CSIR were bent on resisting the move which they said, would negatively affect their animal research.

They pointed out that the land could not be used for the resettlement because the Institute uses it for research purposes.

The workers called on their leaders to take steps to halt the planned resettlement of the people there.

“They want to go ahead and encroach and build mansions and later come and tell us we should negotiate. We want everybody to understand that we are not sitting down as workers of the CSIR for this to happen and then we go and talk about it,” one of the workers stated.

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