Prof Richard K. Amankwah, delivering his address to the Congregation Assembly
The University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa on Saturday, 27th March, 2021 held its maiden Mini Congregation for the School of Postgraduate Studies. The ceremony, which was the first of its kind, was used to confer various degrees on 24 graduands of the School. Two of the graduands received PhD degrees, while the others received MPhil, MSc and PgD degrees.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah in his address said that UMaT has introduced Professional Doctorate Degrees in Engineering and Management to encourage practicing engineers and professionals to earn higher degrees through the innovations they bring to their day job.
Prof Amankwah also said that in addition to the traditional engineering degree programmes currently running at the UMaT School of Railways and Infrastructure Development at the Essikado campus, ‘UMaT will collaborate with the Ghana Railways Company Limited, Aya Engineering and GIZ to run railways related certificate programmes such as Locomotive Engineering; Signaling and Telecommunications Systems; Geotechnical Engineering; Railways Planning and Operations to develop the capacity of engineers in the Railway Sector’.
According to the Vice Chancellor, UMaT has set 2nd June as the ‘Sustainable Small-Scale Mining Awareness Day’ to be celebrated annually. It would be recalled that the Small-Scale Gold Mining Law (PNDC Law 218) was gazetted on 2nd June, 1989 which regularized small-scale mining in Ghana. Consequently, Prof Amankwah said that on every 2nd June, UMaT will engage miners, their leaders, legislators and all other stakeholders in the mining sector, to discuss the challenges associated with the sector such as environmental degradation and health concerns, and push an agenda towards sustainable development.
In addition to promoting sustainable small-scale mining, Prof Amankwah said UMaT is focusing research efforts on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 15 and 17 as part of the global call to ensure social, economic and environmental sustainability.
The President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr Eric Asubonteeng, who was the Special Guest of Honour for the programme, lauded the University for training the needed manpower for the mining and allied industries in Ghana and the world at large.
Dr Asubonteng said that the Ghana Chamber of Mines has been spearheading the drive to create an enabling environment for local manufacturers, and has been working with stakeholders such as UMaT, to map out the opportunities in the value chain of the industry. He added that the Chamber continues to encourage the local production of inputs such as caustic soda, activated carbon and sodium cyanide. He revealed that in 2019 alone, producing member companies of the Chamber spent approximately US$ 2.46 billion on buying inputs from suppliers and producers resident in the country. This, he said, should open a world of opportunities to young people who can become the backbone for the local manufacturing of mining inputs. ‘As industry players, our foremost priority is to support local manufacturers to take the commanding heights of the inputs market in order to internalize the associated revenues’, Dr Asubonteng said.
Dr Asubonteng advised the graduands to deliberately build value, by using the experiences they had gathered to transform themselves into well-rounded persons whose lives and careers create, offer, and attract value. Dr Asubonteng also charged the graduands to be disciplined in all their endeavours and be guided by Integrity.
Dr Eric Asubonteng, President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines delivering his address
The Chairman of the University Council, Dr Stephen Saforo Yirenkyi in his remarks, appealed to Government to make the COVID-19 vaccination available to reach the Universities to enhance face to face teaching and learning.
Present at the ceremony were the Member of Parliament for the Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency, Hon George Mireku Dukah, the Municipal Chief Executive of the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality, Hon Benjamin Kessie, Chiefs of the Wassa Fiase Traditional Council and representatives of the mining and allied industry.
A cross section of the graduands
Source: T. B. Eshun
University Relations Office