MOTHER’S DAY MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE GHANA ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION, PROF. SAMUEL BOAKYE DAMPARE. DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2022.

We join the rest of the world in paying special tribute to mothers as we commemorate Mother’s Day, today. On behalf of Management and Staff of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), I would like to salute all mothers and mother figures in the Commission.

The word “Mother” in common usage denotes the state of either having given birth to a young one, or nurturing and caring for such young ones with great affection as well as teaching them to be responsible members of society and helping them to actualise their greatest potential.

Thus, motherhood is undeniably the most important job on the planet.  Your love and sacrifices nourish and sustain us from conception until the end of time.

You do, in fact, shape our personalities, nurture our talents, and inspire us to strive for greater heights. Your collective efforts make the world a better place.

We appreciate your commitment to us and your will to keep us on the right path.

Importantly, your ability to balance work and family life in order to achieve professional and personal goals while maintaining a loving and stable home is admirable.

On this special day, I would like to charge our female colleagues to be champions of innovation, excellence and efficiency within the GAEC system.

I also urge them to be good role models, actively and purposefully coaching and mentoring new staff, national service persons, interns and students that come to our organisation and help them through the “can do spirit” reach the peak of their careers.

Above all, I will encourage our female colleagues to aspire to be the best they can as scientists, administrators, teachers and supporting staff and indeed mothers.

Kudos to all mothers, both inside and outside the Commission. I implore you to treat motherhood with the seriousness it deserves, remembering that the outcome of your labour heavily influences the course of life. You are incredible and deserve our gratitude!

Happy Mother’s Day to all GAEC female staff, GAEC Ladies’ Association and all mothers everywhere.

AYEKOO!

GOODWILL MESSAGE DELIVERED ON BEHALF OF THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE GHANA ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION (GAEC) ON INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY 2022

Good morning, distinguished women of GAEC.

On the onerous occasion of International Women’s Day, which has been specially set aside globally to reflect on and celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women I present this goodwill message to all women, especially our affable and hardworking staff.

 

On behalf of the Director-General, Management and Staff of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, we add our voices to the billions of people from all walks of life, tribe, creed, race, social and economic status to mark this day under the theme BREAK THE BIAS. 

We can pride ourselves in the remarkable progress made since the inception of the Fourth republican constitution, as women have distinguished themselves and risen to enviable positions in public, corporate and political leadership. On the face of these remarkable feats, it is easy to assume that the case for gender equality is a thing of the past. However, biases against women still exist in every aspect of our lives. There still remain inequalities in resource allocations, decision-making, political representation, social and economic empowerment.

 

We, therefore, call on everyone to work towards breaking the bias right from our homes, places of work and places of worship. We must heed the call to a gender-equal world: a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination; a world so diverse, equitable, and inclusive; a world where difference is valued and celebrated. 

 

We salute all the women at GAEC who are working tirelessly to ensure we realize our vision to become the leading organization contributing to sustainable national prosperity through the effective utilization of nuclear, biotechnology and other related technologies. We appreciate and acknowledge all your contributions to the growth and development of GAEC. We thank you for all your dedication, continuous support and the innovative ideas you bring on board to make GAEC a peaceful and industrious working environment.

Yes! Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

GHANA ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION LADIES ASSOCIATION–GOODWILL MESSAGE BY DR EUNICE AGYARKO-MINTAH (PRESIDENT) ON BEHALF OF THE EXECUTIVES

Distinguished ladies and Gentlemen, it is an honor and a privilege to celebrate this International Women’s Day with you all and share a few thoughts on this day. The theme for this celebration is; Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow with a sub-theme “Break the Bias”. 

International Women’s Day is marked globally every year with great enthusiasm to celebrate the achievements of women in all spheres of influence: social, political, economic, academic and other fields of life.

Today, women are leaders in various endeavors and work at par with men because of the hard work done by the forbearers that fought relentlessly to bring us this far. However, the dominant grip of society by men continues unabated. Men are still holding women to subservient positions in society.

Without a shred of doubt, the growth and sustainability of the human race depend on women. At home or work, women demonstrate a great deal of zeal and enthusiasm but they are mostly sidelined on issues affecting women and children. The time is ripe for women to champion their issues.

An American writer, Harriet Beecher Stower, once said ‘women build society and build communities: women are therefore the real architects of society’. 

 Therefore, women must be respected and given their rightful place in society. To ensure gender equity and sustain our environment for future generations, women must have the space to realize their potential and take their pride of place in society.

As we celebrate this remarkable day, let us continue the work done by our forbearers and in solidarity, let us raise the awareness of the plight of all women and break the biases. For without women, sustainability will be beyond reach.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Long Live GAEC Ladies Association

GAEC Ladies: it’s our Word, We Take Charge; Together we can Do More.

Thank You

 

Ghana’s Nuclear Power Project estimated to generate $1.2 billion for local industries – GAEC Boss

The Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Prof. Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko, has said that Ghana’s Nuclear Power Programme (NPP) is estimated to generate US$1.2 billion through local industry participation during its implementation.

Speaking at the 4th edition of the Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition in Accra, the Director-General said the US$1.2 billion is a projection based on a 1000MW nuclear power plant construction which is exclusive of the benefits that will be accrued when the nuclear power plant becomes operational.

Prof. Nyarko who is also the Vice-Chairman of the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organization (GNPPO) and the Board Chair of the Nuclear Power Ghana (NPG), explained, that industrial involvement is one of the 19 infrastructure issues of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recommended milestone approach to develop a nuclear power programme. He added that a newcomer country is expected to generate at least 20 percent local content and local participation in the nuclear power project.

Director-General of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Prof. Benjamin Jabez Botwe Nyarko (Standing), delivering a speech at the Summit.

In leading participants to appreciate the financial benefits to the local industry, Prof. Nyarko explained that if one considers a US$6 billion nuclear power project, 20 percent is very significant and would be a huge boost to the local industry.

“In the IAEA approach of a newcomer country undertaking nuclear power programme, there are 19 infrastructure issues, and one of the infrastructure issues is industrial involvement. “And so, if we are talking about an industry that is going to cost about $6 billion, you can estimate how much benefits Ghanaian local industries will derive from the programme,” he said.

He cautioned, however, that the country’s ability to fully participate would depend on the capacity of the local industry. He, therefore, called for the deepening of the partnership between the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organization (GNPPO) to prevent the reliance on foreign companies for goods and services to the nuclear power project.

“Once Ghana is on the path of adding nuclear power to its energy generation mix, it is essential that the capacity of Ghanaian owned industries is built so that they do not lose out,” he added. When it comes to nuclear, some standards and specifications must be met, and so, local industries must be well equipped to benefit from the implementation of the nuclear power project,” he said.

By CPRC/CCD

Borehole water is not always safe

Research conducted by the National Isotope Hydrology Center (NIHC) of the National Nuclear Research Institute of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has established that water from boreholes is not always safe for domestic use.

This is owed to the fact that most of the land sites on which boreholes are drilled for water may be contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

 

Dr. Cynthia Laar
Dr. Cynthia Laar

Dr. Cynthia Laar, a Research Scientist at the NIHC, who made this known in an interview at the Commission, explained that many of these boreholes are drilled without conducting a proper investigation to ascertain the appropriateness of the site as a source of water for domestic use.

“Dental fluorosis, arsenic poisoning, liver and lung cancers are some of the health issues associated with the use of contaminated groundwater” she stressed.

 

Also, Dr. Abass Gibrilla, a Research Scientist at the NIHC advised that borehole water should be tested every two years at least, to ascertain the safety of the water for its continued use.

He noted that the Isotope Hydrology Center uses nuclear technology to investigate the origin, age, recharge mechanisms, and sources of contaminants in groundwater.

“The Center is also involved in site investigations, supervision of borehole drilling and water quality tests”, he indicated.

He added that the NHIC has a well-equipped laboratory and well-qualified human resources needed to support active groundwater research.

 

Dr. Abass Gibrilla
Dr. Abass Gibrilla

Dr. Gibrilla, therefore, urged Ghanaians to show much concern on the quality of the water they drink and take the necessary steps to ensure that their water sources (boreholes) are well constructed and tested to ensure they are free from contaminants and other toxins, which he said were harmful to human health.

“Water is life, But the quality of water we drink defines our health”, he concluded.

 

By CPRC/CCD, GAEC