Nuclear Power is Key to Ghana’s Quest for Industrialization – Dr. Thomas Mensah

“Ghana’s developmental dreams will be short-lived without a constant supply of electricity to power industries”.  Dr. Mensah made this statement on a working visit to the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), to ascertain the effective use of Nuclear Technology in national development.

Dr. Mensah is a Ghanaian-American chemical engineer who works in fiber optics and nanotechnology. He has to his credit, fourteen (14) patents, of which seven (7) were awarded within a period of six years. He was inducted into the US National Academy of Inventors in 2015.

In an interview during his tour, he spoke passionately about the rich mineral and human resource potentials that Ghana can tap into, for its development without relying on foreign aid. He stressed that Ghana’s industrialization requires the building of factories with uninterrupted power supply.

He reiterated the need for nuclear power supply in Ghana as a sustainable option to meet Ghana’s energy needs especially for industry.

He mentioned that the Silicon Valley project for Ghana was launched in January 2017 aspart of Ghana’s efforts to bridge the technology gap in the country. He added that it will work hand in hand with GAEC to create businesses (in accelerators and incubators) that can compete with tech-companies around the world. According to him, “The Silicon Valley of Ghana will, move Ghana into the 21stCentury’s technological advancement and also specifically support the high Speed Bullet Train that is being developed in Ghana”.  He added that there is an initiative to also look at generating electricity from waste.

Speaking on Agriculture and food preservation in Ghana, Dr. Mensah noted that his outfit would work with experts from GAEC, employing GAEC’s Gamma Irradiation Facility (GIF) to control post-harvest losses by irradiating crops for longer shelf lives. Thus, such crops could be exported to other countries to generate revenue.

He used the opportunity to tour some laboratories and facilities at GAEC.

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