The Nuclear Power Ghana (NPG) has held a three-day capacity building workshop for selected Ghanaian journalists who report on the country’s energy sector.
The workshop, which began on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, will end on Thursday, November 2, 2021.
The journalists were drawn from both the state and private media houses and are members of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
Ghana is looking to introduce nuclear power into its energy mix and it is currently at the second phase of the criteria by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The West African nation expects its first nuclear power plant by 2030 as part of efforts towards clean energy, energy security and industrialization.
To this end, Nuclear Power Ghana has been engaging various stakeholders including the media, to build their capacity for them with relevant knowledge about nuclear power.
Delivering a welcome address at the workshop, Ms Bellona-Gerard Vittor-Quao, Manager, Public Affairs at the Nuclear Power Ghana, noted that nuclear power is promising and its benefits to Ghana are enormous.
She said NPG needed the support of the media to realise the country’s dream of constructing the first nuclear power.
“NPG cannot do it alone: we need a concerted effort between government, industry, and civil society and you our media to put in place what is needed to build Ghana’s first Nuclear Power Plant, accelerate industrial development with a sustainable, reliable, and affordable source of electricity.
“Together with you, the media, we can reach this new society with clean, fair and abundant energy for everybody,” she said.
According to her, NPG is keen on establishing a steady and well-bonded relationship with its stakeholders through the media as a special purpose vehicle to reach all corners of the country for effective involvement and engagement.
Ms Bellona-Gerard Vittor-Quao said the workshop will provide “all of you with the opportunity to refresh your knowledge improve your capacity and equip you to support Ghana’s Nuclear Power efforts.”
The very interactive workshop saw presentations from the Executive Director of Nuclear Power Ghana, Dr Stephen Yamoah, and Ing. Jonathan Amoako Baah, immediate past Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo).