Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia Commissions 3 Research Facilities at GAEC

Vice President of Ghana Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has on Tuesday, July 30 commissioned three Research Facilities at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).

This includes the Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Research Reactor Facility, the International Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) Training Facility, and the Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI) Laboratories.

Dr. Bawumia’s presence has entered history books as the first Ghanaian Vice President to visit the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission since its establishment in 1963.

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Radiological and Medical Sceinces Research Institute Laboritories (RAMSRI)

LEU Research Reactor Facility and the International MNSR Training Facility

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia Tours Exhibition Stands 

 

 

 

Designation of an Acting Director General

As a consequence of the recent passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano, and in order to ensure the orderly and smooth functioning of the Agency, the Board of Governors has decided to designate Mr Cornel Feruta as acting Director General, until a Director General assumes office.

Source:iaea.org

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano dies at 72

The head of the global nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, has died at the age of 72, the agency announced.

He has led the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 2009, and was due to step down in March because of an unspecified illness.

During his tenure he had overseen a period of tense negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear programme.

It is not yet clear who will succeed him, though discussions over his replacement began last week.

The Japanese national had taken over from Mohamed ElBaradei a decade ago and his third term was due to run until November 2021.

However, Amano appeared increasingly frail after undergoing an unspecified medical procedure in September.

“The Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano,” the IAEA statement said.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini spoke of her sadness at Amano’s passing.

“A man of extraordinary dedication & professionalism, always at the service of the global community in the most impartial way. I’ll never forget the work done together. It has been for me a great pleasure & privilege working with him,” she tweeted.

The agency said the flag over its head office in Vienna had been lowered to half-mast.

Source:bbc.com

Announcement

The Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano.

The Secretariat wishes to share his most recent reflection which he intended to include in his letter to the Board of Governors announcing his decision to step down:

“During the past decade, the Agency delivered concrete results to achieve the objective of “Atoms for Peace and Development”, thanks to the support of Member States and the dedication of Agency staff. I am very proud of our achievements, and grateful to Member States and Agency staff.”

The IAEA flag will be lowered to half-mast.

Source:iaea.org

African Scientific Renaissance Day Marked in Accra

This year’s African Scientific Renaissance Day was on Friday marked in Accra with a call on African scientists to pool resources to help address the continent’s agriculture challenges.

Professor Kwabena Frempong-Boateng, Minister of Environmental, Science, Technology, and Innovation, who made the call said the continent could feed itself if the scientists took decisive decisions to adopt science and technology in agriculture application as done in other parts of the world.

“The sad truth is that most African countries are not doing well in agriculture, and this sad state of affairs has everything to do with the deficits that Africa exhibits in engineering, technology, and innovation, that is why the scientists must come together and propose individual country needs to produce enough food to feed their people with the most precious arable land at its disposal”.

June 30 has been set aside by the African Union as the African Scientific Renaissance Day for the continent to reflect on the contribution of the continent’s scientists to the development of modern science and technology.

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) organised the event on the theme: “Transforming agriculture towards Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda: The role of science, technology, and innovation.”

Topics discussed included Planting for Food and Jobs: The role of nuclear technologies, and local science and technology solutions for value additions to Ghana’s agro products.

The minister who lamented the slow pace of the continent’s agriculture revolution said it was only in Africa that the “Green Revolution has not taken place”.

“All human activities are driven by technology because it has the enviable track record of providing solutions to humanity’s challenges, whether on transportation, health, sanitation, water resources, security, defense, energy and any area of socio-economic activity,” he added.

Professor Frempong-Boateng noted that the application of Science and Technology and Innovation (STI) in agriculture was critical in an era where arable land is under assault from climate change, forest degradation, and population growth.

He stated that man had survived hunger in the face of rapid population growth as a result of advancement in STI and its adoption would produce enough food to feed the increasing population.

It was to address these challenges, he explained, that the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda was underpinned by the desire and commitment to manage the country’s natural resources in a manner that allowed financing of the development agenda without recourse to external assistance.

“The time has come for all African scientists to support the continent’s vision to reduce food imports, create job for all the people especially the youth, expand and improve upon current resources through the deployment of science and technology to provide the needs of their people,” he said.

The Director General of GAEC, Prof Benjamin J.B. Nyarko, said the day which formed part of the African Regional Corporative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology, (AFRA) would help African countries to use modern technology to transform the agriculture sector, since the livelihood of many African countries depended on increased food production.

The Director General said the issues of the entire value chain in the agriculture sector needed to be effectively managed towards adopting modern techniques in the sector.

Prof. Nyarko said GAEC had developed new species of crops, tissue culture, and shelf life extension using ‘Gamma Irradiation Facility,’ the control of pests and diseases, as well as fruit flies using cutting edge research solutions.

He commended the government for adopting the Planting for Food and Jobs programme, which he said, would create job opportunities for the youth.

Source:Ghanaian Times