GAEC Boss urges staff to get vaccinated

The Director-General (DG) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Prof. Benjamin J.B. Nyarko has urged staff of the Commission and the GAEC Community to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

He made this remark yesterday after he took his jab at the GAEC Hospital at Kwabenya in Accra – one of the centers for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise.

 

Prof. Nyarko advised Ghanaians to discard the conspiracy theories about the dangers associated with the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

“This is not the first-time a vaccination program such as this is taking place. Since the 17th century, there has been one vaccination program after the other against viruses that kept threatening man’s survival”, he noted.

 

“Polio, measles, and smallpox, among others, are some of the diseases we have been vaccinated against, and so, the process is no different from COVID-19 vaccination”, he added.

 

The Director of Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI) of GAEC, Prof. Dickson Adomako, who was with the DG for the vaccination also made a clarion call for Ghanaians to get vaccinated to help curb the spread of the disease.

 

“Citizens of other nations have taken the vaccine and are helping to minimize the impact of this global pandemic, and so, let’s come out in our numbers and get vaccinated”, he added.

 

By CPRC/CCD

Commercialization and communication directorate Of GAEC holds maiden general meeting

The Commercialization and Communication Directorate (CCD) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has held its maiden general meeting with a call on staff to be committed to the cause of the Directorate.

The Acting Director of CCD, Ms. Sheila Frimpong, who made the call, urged the staff to rally behind one another and actively participate in the efforts towards realizing the reasons for establishing it.

 

Ms. Frimpong in a presentation took the staff through the vision, mission, and goals of the Directorate as well as the key activities and targets for the five Centers under the Directorate for the year 2021.

She urged them to achieve targets set out for the year, adding: “the CCD has been established to drive commercialization of the Commission’s nuclear technologies and other services to help generate income to support the activities of the Commission”.

“It was also established to promote the Commission’s brand as well as build strong identity and reputation through effective communication,” she said.

The Acting Director, however, noted that this could not be realized without teamwork and shared responsibility among the staff of CCD.

 

Managers of each Centre took turns to give brief remarks, urging staff to be supportive, dutiful and committed to the aspirations of the Directorate and its leadership.

 

The CCD, through restructuring and realignment of some administrative offices in GAEC, was established in January 2021, to help boost the commercialization of the Commission’s nuclear technologies and other services, and bring to the doorstep of individuals and industries, the Commission’s solution-driven nuclear research that addresses societal problems, while promoting the peaceful use of nuclear, biotechnology and other related technologies for the socio-economic development of the country.

 

By CPRC/CCD

Don’t ignore mandatory test for radiation status of water: It can be injurious to human health – GAEC

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has appealed to regulators and players in the water industry not to ignore the mandatory water quality tests for the radiation status of water in the country.

This, the Commission said, would help avert any injury to the internal organs of consumers as a result of long-term exposure to radiological substances.

The Manager of the Environmental Radiation Protection Center of the Radiation Protection Institute of GAEC, Dr. Oscar Adukpo, in an interview, noted that radiation exists in the environment including water.

Dr. Adukpo said, for this reason, the government has come out with a radiological quality requirement in addition to other requirements for water quality tests.

“Therefore, the specific requirements under the radiological quality test are Gross Alpha and Gross Beta with a permissible range of 0.1Bq/L and 1.0B/L, respectively,’’ he added.

Dr. Adukpo cautioned that although these were low radiation levels, once they get into the body in appreciable volumes, they were injurious to human health.

“They decay and accumulate in the liver and other internal organs over a long period, causing damage and could result in cancer. It is therefore important to screen water for these radionuclides to make sure they are not above the acceptable range”, he noted.

Dr. Adukpo however, lamented that although the test was one of the requirements in addition to other requirements by Ghana Standard Authority (GSA), only a few water sachet and bottling companies ensure compliance.

“Some companies realizing the effect of radiation on humans, bring their water to be tested to ensure compliance” he disclosed.

By CPRC/CCD

GAEC restructures administrative offices to boost Productivity and commercialization of its nuclear technologies

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has reorganized and restructured some administrative offices to enhance efficiency and boost the commercialization of its nuclear technologies and other services.

 

Mr. William Srekuma, Director of Administration(GAEC)
Mr. William Srekuma, Director of Administration(GAEC)

The exercise involved the consolidation and realignment of about five different Offices which has given birth to a new office, called the Commercialization and Communication Directorate (CCD). The CCD has five Centers, namely; the Communication and Public Relations, Marketing, Technology Transfer and Innovation, Information and Communication Technology, and the Guesthouse and Hospitality Services Centers.

 

The Commission also elevated its Human Resource Department into a Directorate which now has four Centers to effectively manage employee’s capacity development and job performance within the Commission. The Centers are; Training and Development, Recruitment and Selection, Counseling, and Welfare and Pension Centers.

 

The Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, explained that the Commission undertook the restructuring exercise to bring to the doorstep of individuals and industries, the Commission’s solution-driven nuclear research that addresses societal problems, whiles, promoting the peaceful use of nuclear, biotechnology and other related technologies for the socio-economic development of the country.

 

He also noted that the CCD would aid in the promotion of commercialization to help generate income to support the activities of the Commission, whiles the Human Resource (HR) Directorate would boost the functionality of the HR personnel towards the effective management of employees, welfare and morale, among others.

 

By CPRC/CCD

GAEC Orients Newly Appointed Directors and Managers

A one-day orientation workshop has been organized for newly appointed Directors and Managers of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).

 

The orientation which is part of the Commission’s anticipated new phase had participants from the recently restructured Human Resource and the Commercialization and Communication Directorates to enhance efficiency and boost the commercialization of its nuclear technologies and other services.

 

The Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, in brief remarks, encouraged participants to bring to bear, some positive change in their new roles; “transformation does not start with a multitude of people but an individual,” he stated.

 

Prof. Nyarko urged the Managers to contribute meaningfully to the cause of Management for the realization of the Commission’s objectives. He reminded them that their roles were performance-based.

 

He admonished the appointees to have the spirit of humility to learn from their subordinates, and also establish healthy working relationships with all Staff as well as orient themselves with the management structures and systems of the Commission.

 

He further congratulated them on their appointments and wished them well in their new endeavour. “I hope that what you learn today will bring the needed transformation through you and help achieve our objectives,” he added.

 

The topics treated at the workshop included, the Duties and Roles of the Director, Deputy Director and Manager Positions, Policies and Procedures/Change Management, Functions of Internal Audit, and Public Financial Management Reforms.

 

By CPRC/CCD