A day seminar on promotion criteria has been held for senior members in administration of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) at Kwabenya in Accra.

The focus of the seminar, which took place on Thursday, July 28, 2022, was to bring the senior members up-to-speed on what is required of them and how to prepare for promotions within the Commission.

The event, which was chaired by the Deputy Director-General of the Commission, Prof. Dickson Adomako, was organized by the office of the Director of Administration, Mr. William Srekumah.

Addressing the Senior Members at the Seminar, Prof. Dickson Adomako said discussions on the promotion criteria in the Commission had become necessary because promotion must address a need and the work worth must equal the salary.

The Deputy Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Dickson Adomako (standing) speaking to GAEC senior members

Prof. Adomako, therefore, admonished the senior members to add value to their work by acquiring additional knowledge, improving themselves academically, and going the extra mile to produce quality work. He also urged them to stay current on global trends in order to remain competitive.

“Each member of staff must be aware of what is going on in all of the institutes, not just the directorate under which they work,” he added.

He urged them to go above and beyond their core responsibilities in order to be relevant in the scheme of work and to help the Commission grow.

Prof. Adomako explained that promotion to the next grade and level of a career will be more competitive than before, and that those aspiring to the principal grade must have published their research papers in a peer-reviewed journal. “We are changing the dynamics,” he emphasized.

He advised the administrators serving at the Commission’s various institutes to maintain discipline and have absolute control over their work, and not to violate the profession’s core tenets.

In a presentation, the Director of Administration, Mr. William Srekumah, focused on the promotion requirements and processes and encouraged the administrators to be excellent and unique in their dealings. “You should not be an ordinary administrator, but rather one with uniqueness and values.” he said.

He explained that as part of the promotion process, candidates must complete six (6) application forms, compile these forms and other documents, and submit them to the Office of the Director-General (DG) through their respective Managers and Directors.

The Director of Administration also stated that the DG would make a written record of the application and forward the documents to the Institutes’ Promotions Committee (IPC) for review, and that the IPC would then notify the candidates of their decisions.

Mr. Srekumah also took the senior members through the application requirements, which he said must cover completed application forms, updated curriculum vitae, work documents, and recommendations from the Managers and Directors of the Centres and the Directorates.

He noted that the work documents must include relevant work experience obtained by staff at that grade, service output in areas such as feasibility reports, manuals, and memoranda that propose and seek to inject change or transformation, and then publications such as technical reports, refereed journals, and others.

“Other requirements include committee membership, administrative experience, and scholarship, such as academic work or degrees,” he added.

Mr. Etornam Akaho, an Administrative Officer with the Commission, led the senior members through some case studies to help them better understand the subject.

By Raymond K. Baxey/CPRC

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