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From Right Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah Vice Chancellor Hon Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah
From Right: Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah, Vice Chancellor, Hon Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, Western Regional Minister, Hon John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister for Education and Dr Stephen S. Yirenkyi, Chairman of UMaT Council

The University of Mines and Technology held her 13th Congregation on Saturday, 20th November, 2021 to confer various degrees on 684 graduands with 31 being Postgraduate candidates. The Special Guest of Honour was His Excellency Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana who was represented by the Deputy Minister for Education, Hon John Ntim Fordjour.

In his address to the Assembly, Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah, the Vice Chancellor stated that the University, in her quest to achieve her aims and vision has made efforts to build stronger relationships with its partners and has advanced interactions with the Government, Industry and the Community by setting up the Institutional Advancement Office, an Office established to strengthen the University’s engagements and partnerships with her stakeholders. The Office operates three hubs, namely; Sustainable Small Scale Mining Hub, Disaster and Emergency Management Hub and the UMaT Business Hub (U-Hub).

The Sustainable Small Scale Mining Hub was established to create awareness on the need to adopt sustainable and environmentally friendly methods in Small-Scale mining. According Prof Amankwah, the University has also instituted a radio school programme, dubbed ‘Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining’ Radio School (ASM Radio School) aired on the University Radio Station, Dynamite 88.9 Fm to promote sustainable and environmentally friendly Small Scale mining practices.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Hub was established to educate road users on how to respond and attend to emergency situations effectively and the U-Hub was established to help nurture and develop business ideas and produce entrepreneurial graduates.  Currently, the U-Hub hosts SNV GrEEn Projects which are being funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

Prof Amankwah reported that during the 2021 World Environment Day, UMaT started the development of a thirty-four (34) acre arboretum with 4,000 trees to serve as a training ground for the new School of Sustainable Development which is yet to be launched.

The Vice Chancellor stated efforts by the University to increase student enrolment in the 2021/2022 academic year and lauded Government for its promise to construct a Lecture Theatre Complex to support the University’s efforts. He further commended the Ghana Chamber of Mines for undertaking six major infrastructure projects including the construction of a faculty block, the donation of a smart classroom and research grants to some members of staff and post graduate students.

Prof Amankwah reported that the University’s request to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to make lands available to the University for exploration to generate geological data and mineralised concessions for licensing to small-scale miners received a favourable response as the Ministry has granted a 40 km2 land and resources for the exploration. This the Vice Chancellor said will contribute to the Government’s agenda to promote responsible small scale mining. Additionally, the Minerals Commission has released two concessions of 25 acre parcel of land each to start the UMaT Model Small-Scale Mining which will be used to generate an all-year round student field work and internship, train small-scale miners on best practices and contribute to internally generated funds as well.

Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah Vice Chancellor Delivering His Address to the Congregation Assembly
Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah, Vice Chancellor Delivering His Address to the Congregation Assembly

In a speech read on his behalf by Hon John Ntim Fourdour, His Excellency Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana lauded UMaT for its achievements and immense contribution to Mining, Petroleum and related Engineering education in Ghana and stated that UMaT has indeed lived up to its core mandate of training mining engineers for the country and the world at large for the past 17 years as fully fledged University. According to His Excellency, UMaT graduates serve in various distinguished capacities in the mining and allied industries all over the world which contribute to national development and encouraged the University to remain focused in this direction.

According to Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources will do its possible best to ensure that the legacy projects on campus are completed as soon as possible and that the President is committed to the pledge he made to support UMaT with an amount of GH¢5 million annually for five consecutive years and efforts are being made by Government to ensure that the University’s intention to build a Central Classroom Block will take off within the first half of 2022.

Accordingly, the Vice President stated that the President has asked the Ministers of Finance and Lands and Natural Resources, to ensure that the pledge is redeemed in relevant tranches from the Minerals Development Fund. He added that the President is indeed committed to the cause of UMaT as a trailblazer in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education in Ghana.

Hon John Ntim Fordjour Deputy Minister for Education Taking the Address of the Special Guest of Honour
Hon John Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Minister for Education Taking the Address of the Special Guest of Honour, His Excellency Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.

Awards were given to overall best graduating student, best graduating female student and best workers, Junior and Senior Staff categories. Mr Samuel Edem Kodzo Tetteh of the Department of Geological Engineering was adjudged the Best Graduating Student with a CWA of 91.45. Miss Reine Makafui McEben Nonome of the Department of Renewable Energy Engineering won the Victoria Frempong Memorial Award for Best Graduating Female Student with a CWA of 90.4. Best Worker Awards went to Mr Seidu Yakubu (Senior Staff Category) and Mr Abdullai Yakubu (Junior Staff Category).

Mr Samuel Edem Kodzo Tetteh Overall Best Graduating Student Given a Standing Ovation by Colleagues
Mr Samuel Edem Kodzo Tetteh, Overall Best Graduating Student Given a Standing Ovation by Colleagues

The Chairman of UMaT Council, Dr Stephen S. Yirenkyi lauded Management, Staff and Students of the University for their tireless

 efforts which have led to various innovations and inventions and called on stakeholders to contribute to the development of the University.

Present at the graduation ceremony were Hon Kwabena Darko Okyere, Western Regional Minister, Hon Benjamin Kessie, Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Chief Executive, Executive Officers of the Mining and Allied Industry and Nananom

A Section of Convocation
A Section of Convocation
A Section of the Graduands

A Section of the Graduands

 

Source: T. B. Eshun
University Relations Office