12 Undergo Successful Radiation Protection and Safety Training at GAEC.

A group of officers from Amandi Investment Limited, specialized in Civil and Marine-Engineering solutions have successfully undergone Radiation Protection and Safety Training at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).

The weeklong programme that was hosted by the Radiation Protection Institute (RPI) of GAEC, sought to equip the twelve on safety, movement control and administrative procedures of radioactive materials and potential health hazards associated with ionizing radiations, among others.

The Manager of the Radiation Protection Training and Consultancy Centre of RPI, Dr. Stephen Inkoom, expressed joy at the success of the programme and disclosed that participants were taken through areas such as, Nuclear Gauges, Types of Radiation Exposures, Radiation Quantities and Units, National and InternationalLegal Frameworks for the Control of Nuclear and Radioactive Materials. These frameworks include the new provisions of the International Basic Safety Standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Requirements of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Ghana (Act 895 of 2015).

According to him, regulatory requirements of the NRA, under NRA Act 895 of 2015 requires that Radiation Protection Officers (RPOs) and Qualified Operators/Personnel operating with radiation sources shall have appropriate training and relevant experiencein Radiation Protection and Safety.

Also, participants were trained in Potential Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation,Basic Principles of Radiation Protection,Importance of Dose Limitation, Personnel Monitoring at the Workplace, Use of Survey Meters and Contamination Monitors, and Emergency Preparedness and Response to Nuclear/Radiological Emergencies.

Dr. Inkoom further explained that the training course specifically equipped the RPOs and Qualified Operators/Staffof Amandi Investments Limitedwith the requisite knowledge and skills on how to safely utilize Troxler (a Nuclear Moisture Density Gauge) for Quality and Process Control in their Engineering and Construction works.

Dr. Inkoom was confident that his outfit would continue to build the capacity of RPOs and Qualified Operators/Staff for industries in Ghana and across Africa for radiationprotection andsafety. He urged management of institutions that utilize radiation emitting devices and radioactive sources to consider regular refresher courses for their RPOs in order to be at par with modern trends and technologies in radiationprotection andsafety.

By: Thykingdom Kudesey, Office of Corporate and Public Affairs (OCPA) – GAEC

Atomic Energy Commission Holds Management Sensitization Workshop on it’s Corporate Strategic Plan (CSP)

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) as part of its quest to develop personnel capacity and attain organizational set goals has organized a two-day workshop for management.

The main objective was to equip management with modern and effective ways to discharge their duties in order to meet the set targets for the five-years Corporate Strategic Plan (CSP – 2017-2021)

The workshop was attended by Directors of Institute, Centre/Departmental Managers, Sectional Heads and other Senior Management staff.

As part of activities, presentations from some Departments including; Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E), Human Resource, Finance and Corporate Affairs were made.There were focus group discussions on some topical issues from the presentations to chart a single course for the Commission.

Addressing the gathering, the Director General of GAEC, Prof. BJB Nyarko, who spoke passionately, drummed home the need for extra efforts by management to help achieve the commission’s set objectives in the CSP. He said, times have changed and management must learn new ways of discharging their duties in order to achieve results.

Prof. Nyarko advised management to set good targets for their subordinates and ensure strict supervision in order to achieve the set targets. “Though times are hard with regards to finances, we are also working tirelessly to ensure that the basic facilities needed for these jobs to be done are made available”, he added.

He disclosed that plans are underway to seek a Presidential chatter for the upgrade of the graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS) to a fully-fledged University, which is part of the five year projection.

The Human Resource Manager of GAEC, Mr. Maxwell Nyarko, who spoke in an interview expressed joy at the turn-up and success of the programme.

According to him, the HR Department will ensure that similar workshops are organized for senior and junior staff in order to help them adjust to the changing times. “This will help them understand the need to meet targets and deadlines to help achieve organizational objectives”, he added.

Finally, he urged all GAEC staff to maintain their positive attitude towards work to help move the Commission forward.

By: Thykingdom Kudesey – Office of Corporate and Public Affairs (OCPA) -GAEC

GAEC Donates to the Weija Leprosarium

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has donated food items and toiletries to the Weija leprosarium in Accra.

The items include bags of rice, tubers of yam, gallons of cocking oil among others. The gesture according to the Deputy Director General of GAEC, Prof. Shiloh Osae is part of the commission’s annual activity to contribute its quota to the less privileged in the society.

In a short ceremony to welcome representatives from GAEC, Mr. Fred Quansah, the Administrator of the Leprosarium, who stood in for Rev. Father Andrew Campbell, Chairman of the Lepers Aid Committee expressed his profound gratitude to the Commission for its continued support.

He assured that stringent measures have been put in place to ensure that all items donated are given to the inmates.

Mr. Quansah further disclosed that the inmates undertake considerable farming activities to augment donations they receive from organizations and other philanthropists.

The Deputy Director General of GAEC, Prof. Shiloh Osae, in a short address encouraged the inmate to have continues faith in God. “God who created every person will heal you and also provide all your needs”, he stated.

He assured them of GAEC’s relentless support for the leprosarium.

Also present at the donation were the Director of Administration GAEC, Mr. Felix Adeku and representatives of GAEC Office of Corporate and Public Affairs (OCPA).

The Prefect of the lepers, Madam Gladys Adobea, who received the items, was thankful to the Commission for the support.

By: Mark Sarfo (Office of Corporate and Public Affairs – GAEC)

GAEC Makes Strides in Fall Armyworm Control

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has advanced in its research to help bring under control the invasion of farms by Fall Armyworms across the country.

The manager at the Radiation Entomology and Pest Management Centre (REPMC) of the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute (BNARI) of GAEC, Dr. Michael Osae said, GEAC with its expertise in research would not remain silent on the fall armyworm menace. He said his outfit has established a fall armyworm colony in one of their insectaries to help carryout research on their basic biology and ecology as well as evaluating several management options.

According to him, the existing fall armyworm management tools being used in other parts of the world may not be effective in Ghana and other West African countries due to their different ecological conditions and weather patterns. This he said, warrants the need to evaluate all such existing management tools and other indigenous tools available to us.

‘Recently GAEC was contracted by a company (name withheld) to conduct bio-efficacy trials on a new product meant to control Fall Armyworms and the outcome was very successful’, he said. He added that the product would be registered and will soon hit the markets.

The Fall Armyworm is an insect commonly known to feed on maize and over 80 other crop species including rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton.

The insect was first detected in Ghana in 2016 and has wreaked havoc on several farms and posed a major challenge to farmers across the regions.

Mrs. Diana Marri a research scientist responsible for the fall armyworm colony at REPMC, GAEC, said studies have shown that the insect could survive all the Ghanaian whether conditions.

She disclosed that unlike other species, the Fall Armyworms have no special periods to lay eggs. ‘They mate and start laying eggs immediately after they become adults’, she added.

She called on farmers to do well to provide information on the characteristics of the pest on their farms in order to help researchers (in GAEC and other organizations) develop workable solutions under our peculiar conditions.

By: Thykingdom Kudesey / Office of Corporate and Public Affairs (OCPA) – GAEC