- Posted January 19, 2014 by
Ghana -Science And Technology
Apostle Safo sees before him an opportunity to improve a process and to create a device or object that will facilitate, improves or aid something or someone else. For him, technology is the evolution of ideas and that is exactly what he is doing to bring comfort and freedom to his society.
For most of human history, technology was mainly the province of craftmen who passed their know-how down from generation to generation; gradually improving designs and adding new techniques and materials. Today, technology has become a large scale enterprise that depended on a large stores of know-how that has become too large for one society to master.
Like every human being, Apostle Safo was gifted with a sizeable brain and favourable thumbs which afford him a near unique ability to make real the innovations that he imagines. He has a unique inspiration and remit his creativity and notion to express his ideas into something real and tangible.
Realising that technology has changed the social system of humans and their behavioral patterns and still increasing the rapidness of research and development of societies, he is of the view that, if Africa should invest in technolgical innovations, poverty will be a thing of the past.
Modern technology has come to represent the means by which people seek to transform their culture and advance to modernity. Africa and for that matter our traditional cultures have embraced them into our world-view. We have adopted the products of western technology both into our way of life as well as our mode of thought. So why are we reluctant to contribute to it?
At Gomoa Mpota in the Central region of Ghana, Great Kosa Suaye Technology Centre has embarked on a lot of technological innovativeness. Call it engineering or re-engineering, designing or redesigning, invention or re-invention, there is still enough reason to buttress this course.
The Centre has the following departments :
· Foundry and Pattern Development
· Plant Medicine
· Building and Construction
· Mechanical and Automobile
· Radio and Transmission
Electrical and Electronic Department
Apostle Safo started on a small note. He had made good acquaintances with the fundamental bodies of knowledge and ideas, and had also contemplated the implications of the technical and emotional contents of all his divisions in his set up. It was like he was digging a well in the city of crabs, and he definitely will find water. Knowing where he is coming from and where he is going to land, he started with the Electronic division in 1989 and manufactured musical instruments. Then he quickly moved on to electricals.
The Electrical department was initially researching into the manufacture of transformers for use on the appliances manufactured by the already established Electronics Division. It started manufacturing several related products such as Stabilizers, Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS), Induction Motors, Generators, Extension Boards, Solar (tunnel) Drier, Electronic Bill Boards, Lighting Systems and Advertising Bill Boards.
As the segmentation of the product line increases, the department was divided into sections and were tasked to specialize in the areas of:
i. Electrical Machinery (Plant)
ii. Protection and Control
iii. Electrical Installation
iv. Refrigeration and Air conditioning.
They were to:
· Research on ideas and concepts of innovations,
· Manufacture and development of electrical products,
· Perform Industrial and domestic installations,
· Do panel configuration and instrumentations and
· To attend to all electrical needs of the KOSA conglomerate such as maintenance, troubleshooting and reparation of faults, installation of equipment and the organization and administration of safety programs.
This was the foundation of Apostle’s fundamental concepts which was aimed at breaking through modern electrical and electronic conventions and come out with products that can interface with remote human senses of feel and touch.
Plant Medicine Department
The Plant Medicine Research Department was setup in 2005 with the following objectives:
· To research into some common
plants and their efficacy in the treatment and management of common diseases like malaria, typhoid, skin and hair disorders.
· To research into the preparation of the natural plant materials into effective drugs for the treatment of diseases.
· To look into the processing and packaging of the preparations into various drug administration forms (pills, syrups, injectables, infusions, tea bags etc).
· To carry out safety trials on animals (rabbits and frogs).
· To look into dosages and duration of treatments of the preparations and
· To perform corresponding human trials for the preparations through modern medical laboratory procedures and techniques.
Apostle Safo’s vision in this area is to change the face of plant medicine, make it more attractive and acceptable in the country and introduce the administration of herbal preparations via infusions and injectables.
With regards to the numerical boost in animal breeding, the division hopes to extend the trials to larger animals like sheep and goats and then to cattle.
The number of trial animals (rabbits) has increased from an initial number of 4 to 150 within 9 months.
Plant materials known to possess medicinal values are carefully selected from various parts of the country. These include:
· Stem and root bark,
· Fruits and seeds.
The materials are then washed appropriately to rid them off any dirt and soil materials. The materials are then usually taken through size reduction procedures including cutting, blending, pounding or mashing. The active medicinal ingredients in the materials are then extracted using series of scientific processes. The medicinal effects of the extracts are usually enhanced by the addition of other herbs or further processing. The extracts are then processed into various administration forms like pills, capsules, tea bags, injectables and infusions. Samples of the preparations are packaged and stored to ascertain their shelf lives.
The extracts so prepared are taken through safety tests by administering them to trial animals like frogs and rabbits. This is done through oral administration or where necessary it is ultra filtered and injected or given by infusion. The administration is done at regular intervals and at different rates for groups of the animals over a period of time and is carefully monitored and observed.
After obtaining satisfactory results from the animal trial, the preparations are then taken through human trials. Persons suspected to have particular conditions are tested by qualified medical laboratory to confirm the presence of the said condition and its degree. They are then given the preparations at regular intervals and periodic laboratory reports obtained to check any changes in the occurrence of the condition and any other physiological changes that might occur in the patients.
In the case of skin and hair disorders, regular applications of the preparations are made on the affected parts and critical observations made regularly to check any improvements or otherwise.
Building and Construction
The Building and Construction department was one of the brain child behind Apostle’s Architectural and Designing achievements. Gifted in the field too, Apostle, like he does always, imparts his know-how to others so that he can have time to do other things. He quickly trains trainers and leave them to become instructors to others. He has established an Architectural Designing School at Accra New Town. The department designed and constructed most of the institutional buildings and the residences of Apostle.
Mechanical and Automobile
The Mechanical Department was the pet project of Apostle’s investment and research into automobile and automotive technology. He started this department with the fabrication of both ma