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His Excellency Mohamed Basheer Abdalla Mennawi left Minister of Mines of The Sudan in a pose with Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah Vice Chancellor of UMaT
His Excellency Mohamed Basheer Abdalla Mennawi (left), Minister of Mines of The Sudan in a pose with Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah, Vice Chancellor of UMaT

The Minister of Mines of The Sudan, His Excellency Mohamed Basheer Abdalla Mennawi paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa to familiarize himself with the University and to collaborate with the University in the training of Sudanese in the areas of Small-Scale Mining and Postgraduate studies. His Excellency Mohamed Basheer Abdalla Mennawi and his delegation were accompanied by the Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency, Hon George Mireku Duker.

Hon George Mireku Duker said that the courtesy call was part of schedules of His Excellency Mohamed Basheer Abdalla Mennawi during his visit to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to exchange experience in the field of mining and gold production in particular. He also stated that The Sudanese Minister’s visit was to afford him the opportunity to study Ghana’s management of the legal frame work for both the large and small scale mining sectors.

In his remarks, HE Mohamed Basheer Abdalla Mennawi lauded UMaT for its significant contribution to the training of mining professionals and stated that he visited Ghana to acquaint himself in the field of artisanal and small scale mining and to study the processes for the allocation of concessions to mining companies. He also stated that Sudan was looking forward to having a training opportunity for Sudanese students in the University in the fields of mining and petroleum.

Hon George Mireku Duker right Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and the
Hon George Mireku Duker (right), Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources and the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem Constituency. Beside him is The Sudanese Minister of Mines

Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah, the Vice Chancellor expressed his appreciation to HE Mohamed Basheer Abdalla Menawi and his entourage for the visit. He presented the various engineering programmes of study at UMaT and stated that a special discount will be given to all students from Sudan who will enroll in the University.

Prof Amakwah also presented to HE Mohamed Basheer Abdalla Mennawi, some outreach and extension activities undertaken by UMaT. They included services to the minerals industry, innovative waste processing, conversion of plastic waste to diesel, training of drone pilots and Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) research and training on the use of better prospecting techniques, mercury free process and tailings management.

The Vice Chancellor further stated that UMaT has adopted a guide to Sustainable ASM dubbed ‘Do It Right’. The guide involves four modules, namely; Radio ASM, Chair of Gold Exploration at UMaT, Mobile ASM School and ‘Catch Them Young’.

Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah making a Presentation on Opportunities at UMaT
Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah making a Presentation on Opportunities at UMaT

Among the entourage of HE Mohamed Basheer Abdalla Menawi were AMB Mohamed Abdelrahman Yasin Mohamed, Ambassador of The Sudan to Ghana, Mr Ahmed Haron Ethom Musa, Chief Director of Ministry of Minerals, The Sudan, Mr Martin Ayisi, CEO of Minerals Commission, Mr Peter Kofi Awuah, Technical Director of Mines, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Richard Kofi Adjei, Chief Inspector of Mines, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and other officials of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and Minerals Commission.

Mr Martin Ayisi left CEO of Minerals Commission AMB Mohamed Abdelrahman Yasin Mohamed right Ambassador of The Sudan
Mr Martin Ayisi (left) CEO of Minerals Commission, AMB Mohamed Abdelrahman Yasin Mohamed (right), Ambassador of The Sudan to Ghana and Mr Ahmed Haron Ethom Musa (middle), Chief Director of Ministry of Minerals, The Sudan

Officials from the University of Mines and Technology present at the meeting included Assoc Prof Anthony Simons, Pro Vice Chancellor, Mr Matthew Kwabena Okrah, Registrar, Mr Jonathan Sakoe, Finance Officer, Deans of Schools and Faculties and Heads of Departments and Units.

Assoc Prof Anthony Simons left Pro Vice Chancellor Mr Matthew Kwabena Okrah middle Registrar and Mr Jonathan Sakoe right Finance Officer
Assoc Prof Anthony Simons (left), Pro Vice Chancellor, Mr Matthew Kwabena Okrah (middle), Registrar and Mr Jonathan Sakoe (right), Finance Officer

Source: T. B. Eshun                                                                               
University Relations Office