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Promoting Nuclear Technology for socio-economic transformation in Ghana

February 1, 2024
Promoting Nuclear Technology for socio-economic transformation in Ghana
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Nuclear technology is a transformative resource with the potential to enhance industrialization, job creation, healthcare, clean energy, energy security, agriculture, and research. Active stakeholder participation is crucial for unleashing the benefits of Ghana's Nuclear Power Programme, which can significantly decrease carbon emissions and propel economic growth.

Professor Benjamin Jabez B. Nyarko, the immediate past Director-General of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), emphasized the urgent need for nuclear power in Africa to compete globally and achieve sustainable development. Developed countries have successfully utilized nuclear technology in various sectors, including health, education, agriculture, and energy generation.

Ghana already possesses a small nuclear research reactor within the GAEC, used for research and educational purposes. Despite concerns about safety, security, and affordability associated with nuclear power, Prof. Nyarko highlighted its safety compared to other energy sources like coal. He urged for a better understanding of nuclear power technology to ensure a smooth implementation of Ghana's Nuclear Power Programme.

Dr. Stephen Yamoah, the Executive Director of (NPG), emphasized that nuclear power operations would provide affordable electricity in a safe and environmentally friendly manner with zero-carbon emissions. NPG has satisfied International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requirements and is progressing in the project's second phase.

Media advocacy and education were highlighted as essential tools to build public trust and understanding of the ongoing processes toward constructing Ghana's first Nuclear Power Plant by 2030. Waste management and disposal, following strict IAEA standards, ensure safety and security in the field of nuclear technology.

The promotion of nuclear technology in Ghana aligns with the country's pursuit of , particularly Goal Seven, focusing on access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all, and Goal 13, emphasizing climate change mitigation.

As Ghana advances in its Nuclear Power Programme, collaboration among stakeholders, public awareness, and accurate information dissemination will play crucial roles in harnessing the potential of nuclear technology for the nation's socio-economic transformation.

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