Ghana Atomic Energy Commission Welcomes Its 9TH Batch of Students for their Post-Graduate Education Course in Radiation Protection

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission on Monday, 2nd November, welcomed the 9th batch of students to undertake an IAEA Regional post-graduate education course in Radiation Protection and Safety of Radiation Sources held in the conference room of Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS)

The five-month course to be undertaken by SNAS, University of Ghana is designed to educate its participants to efficiently add to the competent workforce of the nuclear industry.

In his address, the Chairperson for the occasion, Prof Cyril Schandorf admonished the participants to remain humble and cooperative throughout the duration of the course. “I employ the participants to put on the clock of humility, a learning and cooperative attitude throughout the course” he stated.

He further said that the knowledge the participants will acquire through the course will be a stepping stone to other carrier pathways that will include being the radiation protection officer for authorized facilities in the various countries.

Additionally, Prof. Schandorf stated that it is his expectation that the Planning Committee of the Post-Graduate Education course (PGEC) will assist in creating a network for knowledge sharing among professionals in the field of radiation protection.

Prof Augustine Faanu, the Course Coordinator, delivered a message from Edwerd Mickel, the IAEA Technical Officer on behalf of Prof Yaw Serfor-Armah, the Course Director.

He congratulated the participants on their admission for the course and said that the participants should be proud for being selected out of the numerous applications received by the IAEA. “The PGEC fellows should be aware that they were nominated as a result of a thorough process. Like in previous years, we evaluated approximately 230 applicants and based on established criteria, you were selected” he added

He encouraged them to accord the highest interest and dedication to the course so that they can build their competence and contribute effectively to the development nuclear industry.

The Director General of GAEC, Prof B.J.B. Nyarko in his address advised the students to observe all the COVID-19 protocols. He stated that a lot of factors had to be satisfied before the green light was given to undertake this training course

Prof Nyarko further advised the students to use the laid down channels to register all their grievances. “Make sure you talk to your Course Coordinators if you have any challenge, otherwise talk to the Course Director. But if the problem still persists, you can bring it to me for redress” he stated.

He officially welcomed them and wished them well in their studies.

By: Corporate Affairs, GAEC

Technical Staff Association of GAEC Inaugurated

The Director General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Prof. BJB Nyarko last Thursday inaugurated the Technical Staff Association (TSA) of the Commission as the newest worker group in a short ceremony held in the GAEC Auditorium, Accra.

Vice Chancellor of the Accra Technical University, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, Special Guest of Honour.
Director General of GAEC, Prof. B.J.B Nyarko

The Technical Staff Association is a worker group that provides a common platform for the Technical Staff of GAEC to discuss personnel development and work-related issues that promote the safe application of nuclear science and technology.

The Special Guest of Honour was the Vice Chancellor of the Accra Technical University, Prof. Samuel Nii Odai, who gave the key note address.

Executives of GAEC Technical Staff Association (TSA)

Representatives of Technical Staff Associations from the University of Ghana, Ghana Standards Authority and other worker groups of the Commission, such as the Research Scientists Association, Trade Union Congress, Senior Staff Association and Association of Senior Members in Administration gave solidarity messages to support the formation of the TSA.

The welcome address for the occasion was delivered by the Director of Administration, Mr. William Srekumah.

The Chairman of the Association, Mr. Jacob Asomaning was grateful to God and all invited guests for making the inauguration a success.

By: Corporate Affairs, GAEC

“I am always Motivated when I enter Atomic Energy Commission” – Minister

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng has lauded the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) for consistency in technological developments.

The Minister made this comment at the 2019 edition of the Meet-the-Press Series for the Ministry of Environment Science Technology and Innovation (MESTI), held at the Ministry of Information, Accra.

According to him, he is motivated anytime he pays a working visit to GAEC to assess their progress of work.

He pointed out advances made by the Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI) of GAEC in the use of the Gama Irradiation Facility (GIF), to process crops for shelf life extension as a way of reducing post-harvest losses. He also lauded the introduction of a new cassava variety by BNARI and added that it is a step towards the successful implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative, being championed by the Akufu-Addo government.

Deputy Director of BNARI, GAEC; Dr. Micheal Osae (right) briefs Information Minister, Kojo Opong Nkrumah (middle) and Minister for MESTI, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng(left) on the use of Biotechnology to boost Agriculture.

He assured that the mosquito sterilization project (Sterile Insect Technique) that aims at reducing the spread of malaria, being championed by GAEC, through the Radiation Entomology and Pest Management Centre of BNARI, would be revamped. He lamented that the project stalled due mainly to power and other challenges.

Prof. Boateng expressed joy at the rapid progress made by Ghana in line with International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) guidelines and regulations for citing a Nuclear Power Plant. He added that the nuclear power plant would add a substantial base load to the national grid to support industry.

GAEC Exhibition Stand

He commended the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) of GAEC, the Ghana Nuclear Power Programme Organization (GNPPO) and Nuclear Power Ghana (NPG), among others for their tireless efforts.

Responding to questions concerning safety of encroachers on GAEC lands and how the situation could be curtailed to avoid a recurrence at the Nuclear Power Plant site, he cautioned the public to desist from encroaching on GAEC and other government properties. He revealed that those lands where left as buffer zones to protect the public and aid in the operations of GAEC.

He assured that appropriate steps would be put in place to ensure that the Nuclear Power Plant site will be secured against encroachment and any form of irregular activities.

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

 

 

Designation of an Acting Director General

As a consequence of the recent passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano, and in order to ensure the orderly and smooth functioning of the Agency, the Board of Governors has decided to designate Mr Cornel Feruta as acting Director General, until a Director General assumes office.

Source:iaea.org

Announcement

The Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano.

The Secretariat wishes to share his most recent reflection which he intended to include in his letter to the Board of Governors announcing his decision to step down:

“During the past decade, the Agency delivered concrete results to achieve the objective of “Atoms for Peace and Development”, thanks to the support of Member States and the dedication of Agency staff. I am very proud of our achievements, and grateful to Member States and Agency staff.”

The IAEA flag will be lowered to half-mast.

Source:iaea.org