‘Ghana To Go Nuclear’

President Nana Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa
Akufo-Addo on Thursday said government was considering a future use of nuclear
energy to reduce Ghana’s carbon footprints as part of his government’s
determination to contribute significantly towards winning the fight against
climate change. 

The occasion was the 2nd
Africa Climate Change Summit held in Accra where he described the issue of
climate change as “the biggest threat to the realisation of the SDGs”, which
has become an issue of grave concern to most leaders across the world.

That, he said, was due to
its considerable impact on the fundamentals required for survival on earth.

“We, in Africa, suffer the
most because our weak economies are most susceptible to the effects of climate
change, and our capacity to withstand its damage is low,” he added.

In view of that, he said
the Presidency would soon be powered by solar energy as an example to other
institutions or public buildings.

With the Global Report on
Climate Economy by the Coalition of Urban Transitions launched on the sidelines
of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, he said “the world faces a
climate emergency – but cities offer national governments a solution,” stressing
that it is in Africa’s interests to fight decisively climate change.

“We need to take practical
and proactive steps to curb human activities that are endangering our planet.
We need to provide solutions that can stand the test of time in Africa. Our work
is cut out for us, and we cannot fail,” he added.

With the summit bringing
together leaders of African cities, President Akufo-Addo explained that Ghana
believes acting on climate change cannot be done in isolation.

“It should be a coordinated
effort weaved into the sustainable development agenda of our various nations.
The Paris Agreement and SDG Goal No. 13 provide the framework for us to forge
ahead in this direction,” he said.

He told the gathering that
Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) towards combating climate
change had been fully incorporated into Government’s Coordinated Programme for
Economic and Social Development Policies (2017-2024) to facilitate their
implementation.

“Indeed, all local
authorities have been directed to address climate change adaptation and
mitigation actions within their medium-term development plans,” he added.

The President said major
policy interventions such as the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”,
“One District, One Factory”, “One Village, One Dam” being pursued by his
government had been implemented not only to boost agricultural production,
industrialisation and rural development, but also to build our resilience to
the impacts of climate change. 

He, therefore, urged African leaders gathered at the conference centre to prioritise climate actions in their local plans.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu, Presidential Correspondent

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