5th Annual ALUMaT Lecture Held at UMaT, Tarkwa

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A Group Photograph with Hon Joe Ghartey After A Courtesy Call on The Vice Chancellor
A Group Photograph with Hon Joe Ghartey After A Courtesy Call on The Vice Chancellor

The 5th ALUMaT Lecture has been held under the auspices the Alumni Association of the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa. The Lecture was delivered by Dr Peter Amponsah-Mensah, the Executive Director and Co-founder of PAMICOR Limited, member of the Alumni Association. The Lecture was on the topic “Ghana’s Railway Infrastructure Development: Challenges and Opportunities for the Minerals Industry in Ghana”.
Addressing the participants at the Lecture, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, said that the University cherished her Alumni and was ready to give the necessary support to the work that the Executive Committee was doing to bring members and the University community together each year.
 
Prof Kuma expressed his satisfaction about the fact that some of the Alumni occupied the top positions in their place of work. He added that during his interactions with Chief Executive Officers of various companies as well as other dignitaries who visit the University, he got reports that the Alumni of this University were doing great things in their places of work to the admiration of their superiors. The Vice Chancellor further said that these reports were encouraging and an attestation to the fact that the University was doing very well as far as teaching and research were concerned. He stated that this demonstrated the University’s firm commitment to quality engineering education.
 
Expressing his views on the topic for the Lecture, Prof Kuma indicated that an effective railway network would facilitate the movement of goods and persons from the industrial and agricultural areas to the port. “Yet, we have not been able to maintain this infrastructure for a number of reasons which have had the negative social and economic consequences for our country”. According to Prof Kuma, with the one district one factory project initiative of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, there is the indication that more of the youth of the country would be able to secure the needed jobs once the railway network was revamped. He stated that UMaT was fully behind the Ministry to make sure the needed manpower for the railway sector was provided. 
 
Dr Peter Amponsah Mensah Delivering His Lecture
Dr Peter Amponsah Mensah Delivering His Lecture
 
Delivering his lecture, Dr Peter Amponsah-Mensah reiterated the importance of the railway sector for Ghana’s economic development and indicated that Ghana’s rail network was developed to link known mineral centres to the ports for the transportation of minerals and supplies, agriculture centres for produce transportation to the market, passenger movement between towns and cities and commercial centres to facilitate trade.
 
Dr Amponsah-Mensah said that global economic change has improved bulk mineral prices making it attractive for Africa to reconsider its exploitation, since according to him the Chinese have shown enormous appetite for the continent’s resources.  He indicated that the Nyinahin bauxite, Oppon Manso and the east Voltain basin iron ore and copper minerals were relevant for investment in the railway sector in Ghana. He urged the Government to revamp the railway sector to realise the full potential of the sector for the rapid development of the minerals sector.
 
Hon Joe Ghartey Addressing Participants at the ALUMaT Lecture
Hon Joe Ghartey Addressing Participants at the ALUMaT Lecture
 
The Special Guest of Honour for the occasion, the Honourable Minister for Railway Development, Honourable Joe Ghartey indicated that the railway sector had the potential to create several thousands of jobs for the youth of the country if the total network of about 4,000 km was revamped. According to him Ghana’s entire rail network was less than100 km. He reiterated Government’s commitment led by His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to work hard to revamp the railway sector for the economic development of the country.
 
Honourable Joe Ghartey also indicated that the Ministry of Railway Development had decided to collaborate with UMaT with the aim of reactivating the Railway Training School at Sekondi into a certificate awarding institution where UMaT will train the staff of the Ghana Railway Company in courses such as rail tracks, mechanical engineering and electrical and electronic engineering. The Honourable Minister added that Officers of the Ministry would prepare a draft Memorandum of Understanding for the consideration of UMaT and a date will be fixed very soon to sign it. He thanked the Vice Chancellor and the Alumni Association for inviting him as the Special Guest of Honour for the occasion.
 
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar, University Relations Office
 
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