Members of the Sub-Committee on the National Gold Museum Project Pay a Working Visit to UMaT

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The Delegation Viewing the Model of the UMaT New Site
The Delegation Viewing the Model of the UMaT New Site

The Sub-Committee on the National Gold Museum Project of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has paid a working visit to UMaT. The delegation was led by Mr Derick Romeo Adogla, the Chairman of the Sub-Committee of the Project. According to him, their Committee was tasked to identify a suitable location for the Project. He said they had been informed that UMaT was also in the process of establishing a Mining Museum and so they wanted to pay the visit to learn about UMaT’s plan and to collaborate.

Welcoming the delegation, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Kuma indicated that it was a great idea for the National Gold Museum Committee to come to no other place than UMaT since it was the right place to visit for collaboration on such a National Project. He informed the Committee that, as part of UMaT’s plan to establish the Mining Museum, Golden Star Resources Limited, Bogoso-Prestea Operations had offered UMaT an abandoned structure for UMaT to host the museum there but the structure was yet to be renovated and taken over by UMaT. Prof Kuma also informed them that the University had a new site that could be considered by the Committee for a suitable location.

Mr Geoffrey Tamakloe, the Secretary of the Committee was very excited about the steps UMaT had taken to establish the Mining Museum. He indicated that the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture was elated to know that UMaT was ready to host the Museum and that she wanted to ensure that the foundation for the National Gold Museum Project was properly laid before the end of her term.

A Group Picture of the Delegation and UMaT Staff
A Group Picture of the Delegation and UMaT Staff

After the meeting a UMaT team led by Assoc Prof Issaka Yakubu took the delegation to Prestea for them to have a look at the suitability of the structure that has been offered to UMaT for the Museum. According to the Community Manager of Golden Star Resources Limited, Mr Robert Gyamfi, who took the team to the abandoned structure, it was a Police Station that Golden Star Resources Limited built for the Prestea Community. The team also held a short interaction with Mr Ahmed Salim Adam, the General Manager of Golden Star Resources Limited. He indicated that this was an iconic project which will benefit the local community immensely. He said the Company was ready to support the Project in any way they can. Members of the delegation were happy about the location and the structure and indicated that they would send their report to the National Committee for their consideration.

Also present at the meeting were, Assoc Prof V. A. Temeng, the Pro Vice Chancellor, Mr M. K. Okrah, the Registrar, Mr John Addai from the Museums and Monuments Board, Mr Maxwell Boateng from the Ghana Geological Survey Authority, Papa Yaw Attobrah, Head of the Development and Maintenance Unit of UMaT and Mr Paul Yeboah, the University Relations Officer for UMaT.

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