Atomic Energy Commission Complains Of Funds

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission said financial and other technical challenges have made it look obsolete in its function as an institution.

The duties of the Atomic Energy Commission have been seen redundant by many for not tackling the challenges of the energy crisis in the country with other energy providers.

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission was established by an Act of Parliament (Act 204) in 1963 and tasked to promote, develop and utilization of the applications of nuclear and biotechnological techniques for economic and social advancement of Ghana.

The statement comes in the wake of questions being raised about the relevance of the commission.

In an interview with Pravda News, Executive Director of GAEC, Professor Benjamin Nyarko admits that his outfit has “nothing tangible” to prove its relevance regarding the energy sector, but it is working underground in other sectors.

Professor Nyarko said the commission is overwhelmed by financial burden to enable it perform the function for which it was established.

Michael J. Bokor in his article questioned the relevance and existence of the commission especially as issues of energy hang on the neck of the nation.

He stated that, the country’s energy crisis persists, many nagging questions bother us: What is Ghana’s Atomic Energy Commission doing to help solve the problem?

“But the Commission itself has gradually lost is substance and form. Don’t ask me why. It is the upshot of the usual Ghanaian malaise of mediocrity, nonchalance and plain incompetence.

Lack of foresight and dissolute mindsets, even when the country’s energy needs explode and the situation has ground to a painful episode of “light-on-now-light-off-next” to frustrate economic activities and endanger domestic life but also to promote anti-social activities”, he noted.

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