The Deputy Minister of Environment Science and Technology and innovation Mrs. Patricia Appiagye, has charged the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission to utilize its available lands to prevent encroachment.

The deputy Minister who addressed the leadership of the Commission during her one-day working visit lamented that lands that are yet to be developed by the Commission are being taken over by encroachers.

According to her, the graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS) will soon require expansion, hence will need a vast land for such development. She added that SNAS offering postgraduate programmes in Nuclear Science is a big project and must not be underestimated.

She blamed the poor visibility of GAEC activities on its lands as one of the leading causes of encroachment. She advised that the Commission expands its Institute to fill up the remaining properties to limit or eliminate these issues of encroachment.

Mrs. Appiagyei further pledged government’s commitment to help GAEC protect the remaining lands against encroachment.

The Director General of GAEC, Prof. Benjamin Nyarko was thankful to the Deputy Minister for her support to help find a lasting solution to the issues of encroachment on GAEC Properties. According to him, the situation becomes less challenging when a state owned institution like GAEC gets the full support of government.

He called on government to help the Commission ensure that the needed expansion and developmental projects come into full force.