Team Condensate of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa has for the third time in a row emerged as champions of the prestigious Gas Challenge, an Inter-Tertiary Quiz Competition organised by the Ghana National Gas Company. The third edition of the Gas Challenge which was organised from 27th October, 2022 to 7th December, 2022 was held under the theme “Embracing the Future together: The Indispensable Role of Gas in Facilitating Socio-Economic Growth and Development”. Team Condensate’s 2022 win comes on the back of two previous wins in the years 2019 and 2021 respectively.
The 2022 edition of the Gas Challenge received participation from 12 Universities across Ghana, including the Takoradi Technical University (TTU), Kumasi Technical University (KTU), Regional Maritime University (RMU), Ho Technical University, University of Ghana (UG), All Nations University and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Others were; the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UNER), Tamale Technical University (TaTU), University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana Communication and Technology University (GCTU), and the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT).
Prior to the commencement of the 2022 Gas Challenge, organisers of the competition together with officials from the participating universities balloted for the grouping of the teams to compete on four zonal levels, and with three teams contesting at each zone. Per the regulations of the contest, six teams comprising of the winners from each zone and the two highest-scoring losing teams qualified to contest the semi-finals. Out of the six teams which contested at the semifinals, three subsequently qualified for the finals.
UMaT’s Team, Condensate, represented by Miss Priscilla Eghan, Mr. Davidson Donkor, and Mr. Phinehas Lartey competed at zone three, against the UENR, as well as KTU at the Prempeh College Assembly Hall, Kumasi, and came out tops thereby, qualifying for the semi-finals.
At the semi-finals stage of the competition, UMaT, once again carried the day and qualified to the final stage with a sterling performance and a massive win of sixty-one (61) points against the KNUST Team’s (Lean Gas) forty-one (41) points and the TTU Team’s (LPG) thirty-eight (38) points.
At the grand finale of the 2022 Gas Challenge held at the Main Auditorium of the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), UMaT competed for the much-coveted prize against UG’s Team (Propane) and UNER’s Team (LNG). Team Condensate maintained a lead from the start to the end of five rounds of keen contest. At the end of the competition, UMaT for the third consecutive time since the inception of the competition emerged as winners with a score of 49 points against UG’s 45 points and UNER’s 38 points.
For the ultimate prize, UMaT was presented with a winning plague, a cheque of Forty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS 40,000.00), four (4) laptops, one each for the contestants and their coach, as well as the opportunities for the contestants to have their national service at the Ghana National Gas Company. Also as part of the winning prize, the GNGC is expected to conduct a needs assessment of the University and sponsor a project in that regard.
Presenting the prize to the team, a Board Member of the Ghana National Gas Company Nana Asiaa Benneh Beyeemah I congratulated the UMaT team led by their coach and consultant Associate Professor Richard Amorin and Dr. Frank Boateng on their well-deserved win.