Gov’t to Regulate Private Partnership Deals With State Research Institutions

The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Environment Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI) has advanced plans to regulate private partnership deals with state research institutions.

The development is aimed at ensuring that the state retains ownership of findings after a research activity.

The special assistant to the Minister of MESTI, Mr. Oliver Boakye, disclosed this on his recent working visit to the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), on behalf of his boss, Prof. Frimpong Boateng.

Shedding light on challenges that may arise regarding scientific research, the Director of Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute (BNARI), Prof. Kenneth Ellis Danso, noted that inadequate funds for research is having a toll on the activities of GAEC.

He lamented that findings arrived at, after a research works, become the assets of funding agencies. He described the situation as unfortunate.

The Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute is into Plant tissue culture, that is, the production or multiplication of plants in large quantities using various parts of the plant.
The Minister’s Special Assistant, Mr. Boakye, noted that MESTI is working on a regulatory framework to ensure that all partnership deals with GAEC regarding research is properly negotiated to ensure a win – win situation.

According to him, the state must derive enormous benefits from research conducted by its research institutions. This he said will bring value to the country in the area of science and technology

Mr. Boakye hinted that Government through MESTI, would consider providing research funds to GAEC and other state research institutions to ensure that research findings are solely owned by the state. He added that private agencies and individuals would have to consult the Ministry regarding partnerships into specific areas of research.

He lauded the efforts of GAEC for making several research breakthroughs (eg, High beta carotene cassava, high yielding yams, and fall army worm breakthroughs) that solve societal problems. He charged Directors of the Commission to insist on achieving results, irrespective of their challenges.

Mr. Boakye toured the GAEC Compost Plant, The Gamma Irradiation Facility, Tissue Culture laboratory among others for firsthand information.

GAEC Trains Artisans In The Informal Sector

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) in partnership with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) have begun a Training programme for electronic technicians at the School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS), Legon Accra.

The initiative known as the Ghana Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) Voucher Project (GTVP) was financed by the Dutch Government to help build the capacity of Ghana’s informal sector labour force in the field of electronics.

A total of 40 informal sector workers (Electronic Technicians) were admitted for the first phase of the programme that will last from November 13, 2017 to April 13, 2018.

As part of the activities, participants will be given Competency Base Training (CBT) in Electronics and other Generic courses such as Science, Mathematics, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), English and Entrepreneurship.

Speaking at the orientation ceremony, the Director General of GAEC, Prof. Benjamin Nyarko commended the initiative saying, the move will create room for beneficiaries to handle jobs at the international level. He stressed that lack of professionalism and proper training in the system is crippling the informal sector.

He further commended the programme facilitators for including courses like Science, Mathematics, English and ICT and entrepreneurship. He was convinced that the initiative will help participants to easily integrate into the formal sector with such training.

Mr. Isaac Boateng of the Ghana TVET Voucher project lauded GAEC’s commitment to provide qualified facilitators and ultramodern classrooms to train the participants.

Mr. Boateng was thankful to the German Government and COTVET for introducing GTVP to impart professional knowledge to the informal sector workers.

He advised the participants to take the programme serious in order to transform the informal sector with the acquired knowledge

NATIONAL TRAINING COURSE-RADIOGRAPHERS 2017

The Radiation Protection Institute , GAEC is pleased to announce the National Training Course on Radiation Safety for Radiographers and X-Ray Technicians.This training Course is designed to provide Radiographers and x-ray technicians and other paramedics whose work involve or results in exposure to radiation with adequate information and practical experience on the safe use of radiation and radiation emitting devices.

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Solar Energy is Nuclear; Scientists Must be Honest! – Prof Nyarko.

Prof. Benjamin Nyarko, Director-General (GAEC)

The Director General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) Prof. Benjamin Nyarko has challenged scientists to be truthful to consumers on the actual source of solar energy.

He made the call at the Grand Durbar of the Africa Renaissance Day Celebration held in Accra.

This day was set aside by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now African Union (AU) to remind African governments and people about the critical roles played by Science and Technology in national development.

The Director General disclosed that Solar Energy that is classified under renewable energy was as a result of nuclear reaction from the sun.

Prof. Nyarko who expressed disappointment at the low turnout of scientists as against non-scientists stressed that the inability of nuclear scientists to share their stories has resulted in the negative image created for nuclear technology.

According to him, ‘the challenge confronted by most scientists is either they are too busy with what they are doing or they are doing nothing and cannot do anything.’

He acknowledged that the first energy experienced in the world is the sun energy, which produces a nuclear reaction called nuclear fusion. ‘The hydrogen atom in the sun comes together to form helium and the vast heat energy and light and that is what the renewables are tapping and they call it renewable energy’ he explained. He stressed that the actual source of the renewable energy is from nuclear reaction.

To his disappointment, the real scientific process has been kept away from public domain hence creating a notion that solar energy is better compared to nuclear energy.

He charged all Nuclear and Space scientists to move out of their shells and spread the good news about nuclear technology. He added that, in the absence of this, technologies such as Nuclear, Biotechnology, Mutation breeding among others will continue to suffer condemnation.

By: Thykingdom Kudesey

GAEC Celebrates Africa Scientific Renaissance Day

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has joined other African states to commemorate the 2017 edition of the Africa Scientific Renaissance Day celebration.

Under the theme ‘Promoting Science Technology and Innovations (STI) for Sustainable National Development’, the week-long ceremony held in Accra was hosted by GAEC with support from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and Rite FM.

Various activities including an open day Quiz Competition for Second Cycle Institutions, Seminar Presentations, a trip to Kuntunse National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a grand Durbar and an Exhibition marked the occasion.

The Organization of Africa Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU) in 1987 passed a resolution for the annual celebration of Africa Scientific Renaissance on 30th June.

The core objective of the celebration is to remind African governments and people about the critical roles played by Science and Technology in national development.

This is also done in remembrance of the continent’s great contribution to the rise and development of modern Science and Technology.

Speaking at the grand durbar, the Director General of CSIR who doubles as chairman for the occasion Dr. Victor Agyeman lamented that expenditure on some key drivers of the country’s economy such as Science and Mathematics stands at 5.4 percent as against 40 percent expenditure on medical sciences.

He advised that Ghana must reconsider the amount pumped into Science and also reconsider the areas in order to make impact in economic development.

The Director General of GAEC, Prof. Benjamin Nyarko, in a keynote address read on behalf of the Minister of Environment Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI) advised that Science and Mathematics be taken serious in order to meet the demands of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

He disclosed that the Ministry intends to strengthen collaborations among industries, Universities and Research Centers to promote the commercialization of scientific research output.

He called on all research institutions including GAEC and the CSIR to foster close collaboration at institutional level in order to maximize research output.

The GAEC choir graced the occasion with sweet melodies coupled with a colourful cultural display and brass band music from the GAEC Basic School pupils.

The ceremony was climaxed with an exhibition of products from GAEC and CSIR.

By: Thykingdom Kudesey