The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has been provided with three new research facilities to enhance the training of scientists and engineers in from different countries.
The facilities for the scientific, research and development institution, GAEC, was commissioned by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Accra.
The day was historic as Dr. Bawumia happened to be the first Vice president of Ghana to have visited the GAEC since its establishment in 1963.
Aside Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who laid the foundation for the establishment of GAEC in 1964, and Col. Ignatius Acheampong, who visited the site in 1976, Dr. Bawumia was the next high-ranking official of state to visit the commission.
The centre witnessed the commissioning of a Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Research Reactor Facility, an International Miniature Neutron Source Reactor (MNSR) Training Facility, and a Radiological and Medical Sciences Research Institute (RAMSRI) Laboratories.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Veep disclosed that, “the new radiological and medical sciences research institute laboratory building was completed at a cost of GH¢534,413, with GH¢457,375 coming from the government.”
“An amount of GH¢77,037 was also contributed from GAEC’s internally generated funds,” he mentioned.
Dr. Bawumia also said the international miniature neutron source reactor training facility would be used together with the research reactor to boost the training of scientists and engineers from various countries.
Following the program, the Veep, in a Facebook post indicted that, three months ago, government released funds to support the site selection process for the Nuclear Power Plant.
He mentioned that, Cabinet has also approved the setting up of an Organisation to oversee the construction and Operation of Ghana’s first Nuclear Power Plant, which, said, “would help our quest to achieve some of the sustainable development goals, specifically, good health and well-being, as well as quality education, which will transform our world.”
Dr Bawumia commended GAEC for its contribution to the development of the country through the application of nuclear science and technology in the areas of health, agriculture and industry, adding that through its efforts, two radiotherapy centres were also established at the Korle Bu and the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospitals for the treatment of cancer.