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The Proposed Ghana Chamber of Mines Mineral Resources Block
The Proposed Ghana Chamber of Mines Mineral Resources Block

The Ghana Chamber of Mines (GCM) on Tuesday, 30th March, 2021 performed a sod cutting ceremony for the construction of a multi-purpose three-storey block at the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa. The faculty, which is to be called the ‘Ghana Chamber of Mines Mineral Resources Block’ is estimated to cost one million, two hundred and ten thousand United States Dollars (US$1,210,000.00) and would be constructed over a period of two years. The project will be funded through the Chamber’s Tertiary Education Fund (TEF).

At the sod cutting ceremony to commence construction of the building, the Chief Executive Officer of the GCM, Dr Sulemanu Koney said that the University of Mines and Technology contributes immensely to the training of the required manpower for the mining and allied sectors of Ghana and that, it is necessary to support the University in its efforts to expand academic facilities. This support, he said, will in turn benefit Ghana’s economy. He added that the GCM, which is a major stakeholder of the University will continue to provide the needed support to UMaT.   

Dr Stephen Kofi Ndede, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Chamber’s TEF said that the collaboration between the GCM and UMaT will continue for the mutual benefit of the two institutions. He added that, the Chamber’s TEF will also continue to provide scholarships to selected students of the University.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Richard K. Amankwah expressed gratitude to the GCM for its benevolent gesture towards UMaT and reiterated that UMaT will continue to train world class professionals in the mining, Petroleum, technology and related fields to support the development of Ghana.

Dr Sulemanu Koney breaking the ground for the commencement of construction
Dr Sulemanu Koney, breaking the ground for the commencement of construction

Dr Stephen K. Ndede breaking the ground
Dr Stephen K. Ndede, breaking the ground

Prof Richard K. Amankwah casting the first shovel
Prof Richard K. Amankwah, casting the first shovel

Present at the ceremony was Mr Frederick Agyemang, Chief Director of the Western Regional Co-ordinating Council and representative of the Regional Minister, Hon (Dr) Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah. Also present were officials of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, representatives of mining companies within the University’s catchment area, Deans and Heads of Department of the University and student leaders.

Prior to the sod cutting ceremony, the CEO of the Chamber, Chairman of the Chamber’s TEF and other officials of the GCM paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor and his Management Team.


Source: T. B. Eshun                                                                                                       

University Relations Office