Professor Samuel Boakye Dampare has been inducted into office as the Director-General (DG) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).
Prof. Dickson Adomako also was inducted as the Deputy Director-General.
They both swore the Oath of Office and Secrecy administered by the Board Chairman of the commission, Dr Kwaku Aning, who adorned them with stoles.
The former DG, Prof. Benjamin J.B. Nyarko presented a sword and a key to signify his official handing over to the new DG.
The ceremony attracted Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of tertiary institutions, former Director Generals of GAEC, and their deputies, the clergy, religious leaders, faculty and students of the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences, friends and families of the two professors.
Dr. Aning, in his opening remarks, said it was the first time in the annals of the commission that a DG and his deputy were being sworn into office.
The Board Chairman stated that in accordance with laid down procedures and purposes of the commission, a search committee was duly constituted in 2021 to propose a successor to the former DG.
The Commission’s Board Chairman said in November last year, the report of the search committee was considered and approved the appointment of Prof. Dampare as the Director-General of the Commission and Prof. Adomako as his deputy.
Dr. Aning said the DG was answerable to the Commission’s Board and as the Chief Disciplinary Officer responsible for the day-to-day administration, research, development and education functions of the Commission as conferred on him by the GAEC Act 2000.
He said the Deputy DG shall perform any other function assigned by the Director-General and commended the Board for getting competent and visionary professors to head the Commission.
Prof. Dampare in his inaugural address commended the search committee for giving him the opportunity to serve the Commission and Prof. Emeritus E. H. K. Akaho, Prof. A.W.K. Kyere, Prof. Amuasi, Prof.Tsugio Shibata and Prof. Daniel Asiedu whose encouragement, support and guidance brought him this far.
His tenure, he stated commenced a new era of leadership and the very high expectations of the Commission to advance and excel within the global scientific research and development.
The DG said the Commission had made remarkable progress in health, agriculture, medicine, industry water resources management and space science and recognised globally as one of the leading institutions contributing to sustainable nuclear science and technology.
He added that his vision was to have GAEC become “globally recognised, nationally relevant, result-focused and an entrepreneurial scientific research organisation in the field of nuclear and allied sciences and applications.”
Prof. Dampare indicated that GAEC is strategically established with a focus on research and development, innovation and technology transfer, human resource development, education and training, commercialisation and the promotion of nuclear power into Ghana’s energy ministry.
He pledged to promote an inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach to research to address, promote the transfer of technology to the private sector, strengthen the capabilities of identified laboratories as well as establish a research and innovation fund to support the government’s agenda of industrial development.
Source: Ghanaian Times
The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SKT Aeroshutter Limited on January 20, 2022 at the premises of GAEC, which enjoins the parties to undertake projects in furtherance of Ghana’s Nuclear Power Programme.
Professor B. J. B. Nyarko, the Director General of GAEC and Mr. Francis Owusu, Chief Executive Officer of SKT Aeroshutter Limited, represented and signed on behalf of GAEC and SKT Aeroshutter Limited respectively.
The MoU specifically aims at, among other things, synergizing aerial surveys and photogrammetry with the use of drones, using artificial intelligence in data processing, applying geospatial analysis and undertaking feasibility studies in advancement of Ghana’s Nuclear Power Programme. The MoU also creates room for SKT Aeroshutter Limited and GAEC to jointly undertake proposed projects within the public and private sector.
GAEC is expected to deliver on the terms of the MoU through the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI), which is responsible for the technical oversight of Ghana’s Nuclear Power Programme.
Mr. Francis Owusu expressed his appreciation for the collaboration and emphasized that the collaboration stands the potential of yielding positive strides for both parties.
Professor B.J.B Nyarko expressed his satisfaction with the collaboration, stating that the collaboration was a step in the right direction and has strong prospects of closing the technology gap in Ghana. He urged the parties to endeavor to operationalize the MoU for the socio-economic development of the nation.
Story by: Nadia Moujalled & Etornam Akaho
Edited by: Elikem Ahialey
The Board of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has appointed Professor Samuel Boakye Dampare as the new Director-General of the institution effective February 1, 2022.
This follows a decision of the Commission’s Board at its 122nd regular meeting held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, which considered and approved the recommendations of the Search Committee.
He takes over from Professor Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, who has reached the statutory retirement age and whose term of office ends on January 31, 2022.
Professor Dampare, by this appointment, becomes the ninth Executive Head and the fourth Director-General of the foremost scientific research institution in Ghana with a niche in nuclear science and technology, GAEC.
Until his appointment, he was the Deputy Director of Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) of GAEC. He also served as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS) of the University of Ghana–Atomic and the Head of the Neutron Activation Analysis Laboratory at the Ghana Research Reactor–1 (GHARR–1) Centre of GAEC.
He had his basic education at Maase Methodist School, Abuakwa and obtained his GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels at the Ofori Panin Secondary School, Kukurantumi in the Eastern Region.
Professor Dampare is an alumnus of the University of Ghana and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and M.Phil. in Geology in 1996 and 2001, respectively.
Professor Dampare obtained his PhD in Geology in 2008 at the Okayama University in Japan through a Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbukagakusho).
After obtaining his PhD, Professor Dampare was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct collaborative research at the same university.
He has been a recipient of several awards and fellowships such as the Dean of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology Award for Academic Excellence, Okayama University (2006); Bank of Ghana Graduate Fellowship, University of Ghana (1998–1999) and MacCallien Memorial Prize for Best Graduating Student in Geology given by Geological Society of Ghana in 1997.
Professor Dampare’s scientific career at GAEC started in 2002 as an Assistant Research Scientist at the Ghana Research Reactor–1 (GHARR–1) Centre. He was upgraded to the rank of Research Scientist in 2003 and promoted to Senior Research Scientist in 2008, Principal Research Scientist in 2011 and Chief Research Scientist in 2018. He was conferred with the title of Associate Professor and Professor in Nuclear Earth Sciences in 2012 and 2020, respectively.
As a researcher, he has undertaken works in petrology and geochemistry of igneous and sedimentary rocks, crustal evolution studies of the West African Craton (WAC), Isotope hydrology and hydrogeochemistry, uranium geology, environmental pollution, development of nuclear analytical techniques for measurement of geological/geochemical and environmental samples as well as space technology applications for socio-economic development, among others.
Professor Dampare has also participated in several training courses, workshops, consultative meetings and conferences, where he has presented his research findings and given invited talks.
He has participated in the governance of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission through his service on several statutory and Ad-hoc Boards and Committees. He has also served on external boards and committees including the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS) Board, UG (2018–date); and Council of Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG), 2019.
Furthermore, he serves as a member of the African Union Commission’s (AUC) AMREC Working Group from 2017–date and the Project Counterpart for Ghana for some IAEA Technical Cooperation projects
He is a fellow of the Ghana Institution of Geoscientists and a member of several professional associations including the Ghana Nuclear Society, Geological Society of Africa, Japan Association of Mineralogical Sciences, American Geophysical Union, the Geochemical Society and Geological Society of America and Ghana Science Association.
Professor Dampare has authored and co-authored over 75 articles in international and national major peer-reviewed journals. He has served as an examiner and external assessor of several graduate theses and promotional documents for academics as well as co-supervised several PhD, M.Phil./M.Sc. theses and B.Sc. dissertations for students from the University of Ghana, and other public universities in Ghana.
He is married to Angela Dampare, and they have four children (Papa Kwabena, Nana Ago, Maame Boohemaa and Kwabena Amoako). He is a Christian and worships at Mt. Sinai Methodist Church, Atomic, Kwabenya. He enjoys watching football and movies, playing checkers/draught and listening to music.
The Governing Board of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has appointed Prof. Dickson Adomako as the new Deputy Director-General of the Commission.
He takes over from Prof. Shiloh K. D. Osae whose term of office ends on January 31, 2022.
Prior to his appointment, Prof. Adomako was the Director of Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) of GAEC. He is a chief research scientist, lecturer, and consultant.
Prof. Adomako had his GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels at the Ofori Panin Secondary School. He is an alumnus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and continued with his graduate studies leading to the award of a degree in Master of Science in Geophysics.
In 2010, the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS) of the University of Ghana awarded him a PhD in Nuclear Earth Science after successful completion of his 3-year programme.
His research interests are in exploration geophysics, isotope hydrology, geochemistry, environmental pollution and space science.
Prof. Adomako has extensively worked on mineral exploration, application of stable isotopes in groundwater resources assessment and has also facilitated the application of this technique for the sustainability of wetlands that have been exposed to anthropogenic activities and in monitoring pollution studies.
His research works have aided the understanding of hydrochemical dynamics in some selected areas in Ghana.
He is keen on generating a lot of geophysical and hydrochemical data to help policymakers alleviate water-borne diseases and water shortages in some communities in the country.
Prof. Adomako has participated in the governance of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission through his service on several statutory and Adhoc Boards and Committees.
He is currently a member of the Executive Committee and General Management Committee of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).
Prof Adomako has successfully supervised several MPhil and PhD students and has served as both internal and external examiner/assessor. He has published extensively in his research area.
He has attended and presented research papers at several local and international conferences and has over 55 publications in both local and international peer-reviewed journals to his credit.
Prof. Dickson Adomako is married to Mrs. Lydia Adomako and the union is blessed with three children.