Mrs. Juliana Akua Lellatom, the Head of the Registry Department, has bowed out of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) after 17 years of dedicated service.
Joined by colleagues, friends, and some distinguished personalities of the Commission, including the Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Samuel Boakye Dampare; Deputy Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Dickson Adomako; and Director of Administration, Mr. William Srekumah; the curtain on her working life with the GAEC was lowered at a send-off ceremony last Friday, July 29, 2022, at the Commission’s Council Chamber.
It was a joyful moment in many ways, characterized by the solemn atmosphere even in a brisk working environment; but it also evoked strong emotions—with hints of nostalgia—for Mrs. Lellatom as she reminisced about the good old days and recounted the wonderful working relationships, and experiences.
Soft smiles were mixed with teary eyes as colleagues and friends cheered during her recounts of memorable experiences. Her speech had a single message: retirement is inevitable, so plan ahead of time.
“When you retire, you will realize the value of welfare contributions, and I will encourage you to invest more in such avenues,” she stated.
Mrs. Lellatom expressed gratitude to God for guiding her and giving her the strength to always go about her work. She was also grateful to her colleagues and the entire staff for supporting her throughout her career.
The Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Samuel Boakye Dampare, said the Commission was extremely grateful for Mrs. Lellatom’s contribution to the Commission’s success over the years.
“Under your leadership, you initiated and oversaw the Registry’s transition from a section to a department, which is very commendable,” he noted.
“We will remember and be grateful for your dedication to the Commission. That, however, is not the end of the story. We will keep the Commission’s relationship with you and will contact you whenever we need your assistance,” Prof. Dampare added.
On his part, the Deputy Director-General of GAEC, Prof. Dickson Adomako, extolled Mrs. Lellatom for her good works and for etching her name in GAEC history.
“I keep saying that wherever you go and find yourself, you must leave a legacy, which you have done by initiating and ensuring that the Registry is upgraded from a section to a department. I would like to assure you that we will continually stay in touch and that you are not leaving us entirely,” he said.
Mrs. Lellatom was employed by the GAEC on February 1, 2005. Prior to that, she had worked with the Ghana Education Service (GES) for a about 21 years.
She was first posted to the Radiation Protection Institute (RPI), but was moved to the Nuclear Security Centre, and then to the Radiological Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI), and finally to the Registry Department, where she was appointed the Head of the Registry Department in 2014. During her time at the Achimota Senior High School of the GES and RAMSRI of the GAEC, Mrs. Lellatom received a best worker award.
By Raymond K. Baxey/CPRC