The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in Sunyani in the Bono Region, Professor Harrison Kwame Dapaah is calling for a second look at developing the nuclear energy sector of the country.
According to Prof. Dapaah, developing nuclear energy would go a long way to improve the country’s energy capacity as demand goes up by the day.
He made the observation during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University and Tomsk Polytechnic University of Russia to develop cooperation in the areas of training and research in nuclear science and engineering.
Professor Dapaah disclosed that “nuclear power generation has clearly shown the huge difference in development between middle-income countries and high-income countries. The long term national development plan, the Ghana infrastructure development initiatives and also the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda, just to mention but a few, all have a critical element hence; the need to produce and supply reliable power at stable and affordable pricing.”
He noted that there is a need to develop nuclear infrastructure for power generation in Ghana.
On her part, Dr. Vera Verhoturova, Director of Masters’ Degree Programme in Nuclear Science and Technology at Tomsk Polytechnic University speaking at the ceremony noted that countries that want to develop should embrace nuclear energy.
“Nuclear is life and the countries if they want to be powerful and independent and outstanding in their development they have to nuclearized. “
Dr. Verhoturova disclosed that the Tomsk Polytechnic University has developed over the years because it runs nuclear energy programmes.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Energy and Natural Resources and the Tomsk Polytechnic University was championed by the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission.
The Kwame University of Science and Technology (KNUST) would be signing a similar Memorandum of Understanding.