GAEC senior members meet to discuss promotion criteria

A day seminar on promotion criteria has been held for senior members in administration of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) at Kwabenya in Accra.

The focus of the seminar, which took place on Thursday, July 28, 2022, was to bring the senior members up-to-speed on what is required of them and how to prepare for promotions within the Commission.

The event, which was chaired by the Deputy Director-General of the Commission, Prof. Dickson Adomako, was organized by the office of the Director of Administration, Mr. William Srekumah.

Addressing the Senior Members at the Seminar, Prof. Dickson Adomako said discussions on the promotion criteria in the Commission had become necessary because promotion must address a need and the work worth must equal the salary.

The Deputy Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Dickson Adomako (standing) speaking to GAEC senior members

Prof. Adomako, therefore, admonished the senior members to add value to their work by acquiring additional knowledge, improving themselves academically, and going the extra mile to produce quality work. He also urged them to stay current on global trends in order to remain competitive.

“Each member of staff must be aware of what is going on in all of the institutes, not just the directorate under which they work,” he added.

He urged them to go above and beyond their core responsibilities in order to be relevant in the scheme of work and to help the Commission grow.

Prof. Adomako explained that promotion to the next grade and level of a career will be more competitive than before, and that those aspiring to the principal grade must have published their research papers in a peer-reviewed journal. “We are changing the dynamics,” he emphasized.

He advised the administrators serving at the Commission’s various institutes to maintain discipline and have absolute control over their work, and not to violate the profession’s core tenets.

In a presentation, the Director of Administration, Mr. William Srekumah, focused on the promotion requirements and processes and encouraged the administrators to be excellent and unique in their dealings. “You should not be an ordinary administrator, but rather one with uniqueness and values.” he said.

He explained that as part of the promotion process, candidates must complete six (6) application forms, compile these forms and other documents, and submit them to the Office of the Director-General (DG) through their respective Managers and Directors.

The Director of Administration also stated that the DG would make a written record of the application and forward the documents to the Institutes’ Promotions Committee (IPC) for review, and that the IPC would then notify the candidates of their decisions.

Mr. Srekumah also took the senior members through the application requirements, which he said must cover completed application forms, updated curriculum vitae, work documents, and recommendations from the Managers and Directors of the Centres and the Directorates.

He noted that the work documents must include relevant work experience obtained by staff at that grade, service output in areas such as feasibility reports, manuals, and memoranda that propose and seek to inject change or transformation, and then publications such as technical reports, refereed journals, and others.

“Other requirements include committee membership, administrative experience, and scholarship, such as academic work or degrees,” he added.

Mr. Etornam Akaho, an Administrative Officer with the Commission, led the senior members through some case studies to help them better understand the subject.

By Raymond K. Baxey/CPRC

Mrs. Lellatom bows out of GAEC

Mrs. Juliana Akua Lellatom, the Head of the Registry Department, has bowed out of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) after 17 years of dedicated service.

Joined by colleagues, friends, and some distinguished personalities of the Commission, including the Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Samuel Boakye Dampare; Deputy Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Dickson Adomako; and Director of Administration, Mr. William Srekumah; the curtain on her working life with the GAEC was lowered at a send-off ceremony last Friday, July 29, 2022, at the Commission’s Council Chamber.

The Director-General of GAEC Prof. Samuel Boakye Dampare presenting Mrs. Juliana Akua Lellatom with a plague.

It was a joyful moment in many ways, characterized by the solemn atmosphere even in a brisk working environment; but it also evoked strong emotions—with hints of nostalgia—for Mrs. Lellatom as she reminisced about the good old days and recounted the wonderful working relationships, and experiences.

Soft smiles were mixed with teary eyes as colleagues and friends cheered during her recounts of memorable experiences. Her speech had a single message: retirement is inevitable, so plan ahead of time.

“When you retire, you will realize the value of welfare contributions, and I will encourage you to invest more in such avenues,” she stated.

The Deputy Director-General of GAEC Prof. Dickson Adomako presenting Mrs. Juliana Akua Lellatom with a parting gift.

Mrs. Lellatom expressed gratitude to God for guiding her and giving her the strength to always go about her work. She was also grateful to her colleagues and the entire staff for supporting her throughout her career.

The Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Samuel Boakye Dampare, said the Commission was extremely grateful for Mrs. Lellatom’s contribution to the Commission’s success over the years.

“Under your leadership, you initiated and oversaw the Registry’s transition from a section to a department, which is very commendable,” he noted.

“We will remember and be grateful for your dedication to the Commission. That, however, is not the end of the story. We will keep the Commission’s relationship with you and will contact you whenever we need your assistance,” Prof. Dampare added.

On his part, the Deputy Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Dickson Adomako, extolled Mrs. Lellatom for her good works and for etching her name in GAEC history.

“I keep saying that wherever you go and find yourself, you must leave a legacy, which you have done by initiating and ensuring that the Registry is upgraded from a section to a department. I would like to assure you that we will continually stay in touch and that you are not leaving us entirely,” he said.

Mrs. Lellatom was employed by the GAEC on February 1, 2005. Prior to that, she had worked with the Ghana Education Service (GES) for a about 21 years.

She was first posted to the Radiation Protection Institute (RPI), but was moved to the Nuclear Security Centre, and then to the Radiological Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI), and finally to the Registry Department, where she was appointed the Head of the Registry Department in 2014. During her time at the Achimota Senior High School of the GES and RAMSRI of the GAEC, Mrs. Lellatom received a best worker award.

By Raymond K. Baxey/CPRC


GAEC Showcases Technologies and Innovations at 2022 Policy and Tourism Fair

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) showcased its technologies and research innovations at a four-day Policy and Tourism Fair in Accra from July 25 to Thursday, July 28, 2022.

The fair, organised by the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG) as part of its week celebration, saw GAEC displaying its Black Soldier fly technology and mutation breeding technique.

A Research Scientist of GAEC attending to guests at the GAEC stand during the policy fair.

The others are the Gama Irradiation technique, tissue culture technique, sterile insect techniques, radiation detectors, remote sensing activities, and other space science technologies.

According to Prof. Samuel Boakye Dampare, Director-General of the GAEC, who paid a working visit to the fair to inspect the GAEC stand on the second day of the exhibition, the fair provided the Commission with the opportunity to tell its story by displaying some of its technologies and other scientific efforts that address societal problems.

A Research Scientist of GAEC attending to guests at the GAEC stand during the policy fair.

“The exhibition provides an opportunity not only to inform the world about the good work our scientists are doing to improve Ghanaians’ lives, but also to seek patrons and partners for our scientific innovations,” he added.

Prof. Dampare went on to say that the exhibition would benefit both key stakeholders and the general public in search of research-driven solutions.

“GAEC is ready and willing to do business with any individual or institution to help solve problems in agriculture, health, water resource management, and industry, among other areas,” he stated.

The Director-General was accompanied by the Director of Administration, Mr. William Srekumah, and the newly appointed Deputy Director of the Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI), Prof. Francis Hasford.

Research scientists drawn from the Radiation Protection Institute (RPI), Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI) and the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) responded to the queries about the scientific innovations asked by guests at the GAEC stand.

Also, at the GAEC stand were communication officers from the Communication and Public Relations Centre (CPRC) of the Commercialization and Communication Directorate (CCD) who interacted with and attended to the needs and concerns of guests at the GAEC stand.

By Emmanuel S. Zekpa and Raymond K. Baxey/CPRC

GAEC inducts 2 top Officers

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