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Nuclear Energy Key to Ghana’s Industrialization, Says Bui Power Authority Official

Accra, Ghana: Mr. Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, Director of Renewable Energy at the Bui Power Authority (BPA), has emphasized the critical role of nuclear power in Ghana's push for industrialization. He advocates for the embrace of nuclear energy as Ghana pr...

Accra, Ghana: Mr. Wisdom Ahiataku-Togobo, Director of Renewable Energy at the Bui Power Authority (BPA), has emphasized the critical role of nuclear power in Ghana’s push for industrialization. He advocates for the embrace of nuclear energy as Ghana prepares to establish its first nuclear power plant by 2023.

According to Ghana News Agency, speaking at a training session for media professionals in Accra themed ‘Shaping the perception of nuclear power technology in Ghana, the Media factor,’ Mr. Ahiataku-Togobo highlighted the benefits of nuclear energy. According to him, nuclear power offers reliable, affordable, safe, and clean energy, essential for stimulating industrialization and economic development. He pointed out that nuclear energy could significantly enhance the contribution of variable renewable sources like solar and wind power.

Mr. Ahiataku-Togobo noted that countries leading in renewable energy installations globally had first established nuclear power plants. He cited examples from the United States, France, Japan, Russia, Britain, South Korea, Canada, Germany, and South Africa, where nuclear reactors have been instrumental in driving economic growth.

He argued that the availability of cheap power from nuclear energy would attract global companies to Ghana, leading to industrial growth and creating high-income jobs for the youth. He also linked the success of initiatives like the One District-One Factory (1D1F) programme to the availability of cheap and reliable power.

Addressing concerns about nuclear safety, Mr. Ahiataku-Togobo reassured that the incidence of accidents and radiation issues has been minimal. He mentioned that only three major accidents had occurred since 1951, with a relatively low mortality rate compared to other energy sources.

Dr. Stephen Yamoah, Executive Director of the Nuclear Power Ghana (NPG), also weighed in, stating that while no technology is incidence-free, this does not inherently make nuclear power dangerous. He contrasted nuclear energy with hydro power, noting that nuclear plants operate with anticipation and preparedness, including emergency plans, making them safe and reliable.

The session underscored the importance of nuclear energy in Ghana’s future, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) providing strict safety laws and regulations for health protection and minimizing danger to life and property.

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