Bringing Ghana’s nuclear power program in focus, surest way towards energy sufficiency and effective industrialization process.
The Executive Director of Alliance For Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) Mr.Mensah Thompson has observed that until government put in place measures to bring into focus nuclear power program to restore the persistent power outages in the society, the country’s energy and industrialization process would continue to suffer for a very long time to come.
In his article copied to the Ghanavanguard.com
today, Mr. Thompson Mensah observed that during the regime of the late Dr. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, he forsaw that the country’s population was by then six million and hatched a decision to build the country’s energy base on a long term process from 15 to 20 years to ensure uninterrupted power supply to boost industrialization system in the society.
Thompson Mensah related that when equipment for the nuclear power project was imported and about to arrive in the country to ensure commencement of the project , Nkrumah was taken aback when coup plotters toppled his administration whilst he was outside the country on national assignment, stressing that after Nkrumah’s exit, the ship bringing in the equipment mysteriously vanished from the deep seas, an unfortunate situation he bemoaned, have since brought about power outages in the country.
Read below the full article of Mr. Thompson Mensah.
Introduce Neclear Power System To Restore Dumsor To Enhance Industrialization.
Folks I am going to make this piece as dispassionately as possible considering my bias towards Dr. Kwame Nkrumah regime and how I have already described the 66’ coup as the single most backward event in the history of this Country.
But today I have not come to talk to you about the 66’ coup, I have come to tell you about one of the things that made the 1966 coup earn its place as the single most backward, retrogressive event in Ghana; Ghana’s Nuclear Power Program!
When Dr.Kwame Nkrumah was building the Akosombo dam, our population was quite small, barely 6 million people and so the plan was that as the population increased, we would need a more sustainable source of energy to meet up the increasing demand….and Nkrumah’s first choice was Nuclear Power.
So at the time his intention was that by 20 years time when the population would have increased and the numbers of factories would have almost quadrupled as a result of his industrialization plan, our first Nuclear power plant will come up stream with efficient and reliable power to feed into the national grid to take care of the increased demand.
Considering that Nuclear Power Plants take between 15-20 years to plan and build, Nkrumah did not go to sleep, he embarked on the acquisition of the first ever 2 Mega Watts nuclear research facility in West Africa to be hosted at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. The objective at the time was to use this facility to build the capacities and Human Resources of our people so that in the near future they could be able to handle Ghana’s Nuclear Program without relying heavily on foreign experts.
Did you know that at the time Nkrumah was overthrown, âXGhana’s first Nuclear research reactor was on the high seas on its way to Ghana, the ship carrying it never made its way to the shores of Ghana after that regressive coup in 1966 and up to date, we don’t know where that Nuclear Reactor went to.
Folks, this is the story of a Country that had so much potential but has been thrown into total darkness today because of some greedy were anti-Nkrumah elements who still find themselves in the corridors of power promoting the folly of their forebears whiles the Country lingers away in poverty and darkness!
These shortsighted anti-Nkrumah elements after overthrowing Nkrumah, stole what they could and then went to sleep, only for us to be visited with a power crisis in the 80’s, then in the 90’s, then in the 2000’s then in the 2010’s and till date we are still in darkness.
By Nana Amoah for GhanaVanguard