- Category: Student Awards
Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah, a fourth year Bsc Geological Engineering Student from the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, has won the second edition of the Quarry Life National Awards (QLA) organized by the country's foremost cement manufacturer, GHACEM Ltd.
The ceremony, held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra on Thursday, saw Mr. Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah claim the 5,000 Euro (GHc19,941.50) prize at stake, as his project on “The use of vermicompost from organic food waste as a potential treat for topsoil in restoring Biodiversity at quarry site reclamation“ was adjudged the best.
His closest competitor, Reuben Danso Mintah, also from the University of Mines and Technology – who placed second with his project about the “Protecting Communities from Quarry Dust using pennisetumpurpureum as a dust barrier to promote Biodiversity in a Mining Site,”took home GHc 11,691.90 (3000 Euro) as Millicent Amekugbe from the Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, University of Ghana), the third placed, won GHc5,982.4 (1,500 Euro) with her project, “Implications of Edge Effects as a tool in assisting ecological succession.”
Five projects, including those of Dr. Jonathan Hogarh (Department of Environmental Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – KNUST) and Bridget Akpably (Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Cape Coast) which won fourth and fifth prize respectively were selected for the QLA initiative which seeks to source ideas towards the effective management of biodiversity in all mining sites of Heidelberg Cement (HC) Group, the mother company of GHACEM.
In his speech, the Managing Director of GHACEM, Mr. Morten Gade, noted that the QLA was launched by Heidelberg Cement Group of Germany to among others, raise the knowledge of the biological value of mining sites and contribute to further enhancing it since the Group was committed to managing biodiversity during and after extraction.
“As a responsible company that gives true meaning to government's local Content Policy, Ghacem he said will continue to mine responsibly and ensure that it looks for innovative ways of restoring degraded lands after mining.
Mr. Gade applauded the 5 finalists for showing professionalism and dedication towards their various projects and particularly hailed the overall best winner and hoped the project emerges best globally at a later global award ceremony which will be held in Prague, Czech Republic.
Hon Bernice Adiku Heloo in an address read on behalf of the Minister of Environment Science Technology and Innovation commended Ghacem and its mother company, Heidelberg Cement for their contribution to Ghana's socio-economic development through the QLA initiative which seeks to ensure environmental sustainability.
“Ghana's economy depends mostly on Agriculture, Forestry and mining which rely directly on the exploitation of our natural resources as such efforts aimed at sustainably managing the environment after these mining activities to create a win-win situation deserves special commendation”.
She urged other mining companies to follow the Ghacem example by doing well to the environment through the introduction of innovative ways to reclaim land and promote biodiversity after their activities to safeguard the environment.
Present at the event were top Executives of Ghacem and the QLA. They included, Kwabena Labi Addo, the National Coordinator, Mr. Solomon Ayiah, the QLA Communications Coordinator, Mr. Daniel Fordjour Agyemang ,Dr. Erasmus Owusu and Mr. Yaw Kwakye, National Jury members. Also present was the Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Hon. Bernice Adiku Heloo, who represented the sector Minister as the Guest speaker and Nii Osah Mills, the Minister for Land and Natural Resources, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, Vice Chancellor of UMaT.