Gov?t Handover Mining Equipment To 5 Institution


As part of Government effort to eradicate illegal mining and also to equip students on minnig firm to benefits from the local content, a Mining equipments worth GHc I.5 million procured under the Natural Resource and Environmental Governance (NREG) programme in Ghana, have been handed over to five institutions under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.


Alhaji Inusah Fuseini
Alhaji Inusah Fuseini

The receiving institutions are the Inspectorate Division of the Minerals Commission, Geological Survey Department, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology?s (KNUST) Geological Survey Department and the University of Ghana (Earth Science Department).

Presenting the equipment at a ceremony in Accra, yesterday, Alhaji Inusa Fuseini, Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, disclosed that plans were underway to turn the University of Mines and Technology (formerly the Takwa School of Mines) into a Center of Excellence in the training of geoscience and mining professionals.

Alhaji Fuseini said Government had so far spent an amount of GHC 8.6 million towards the transformation of the Tarkwa School of Mines into a fully-fledged university.

He said in addition to infrastructure development, government also recognised the need to provide some critical equipment to ensure that graduates of the university were well-equipped with the required teaching aids in contemporary methods of geological mapping, mineral exploitation and geochemical analysis, among others.

He said in order to continue with the training of geo-science and mining professionals, and to improve performance, Government had received support from five Development Partners to implement a programme with an overall objective of assisting in the improvement of NREG.

Alhaji Fuseini said one of the key objectives of NREG under the programme was to strengthen mining sector institutions, through capacity building and the provision of infrastructure and equipment.

Alhaji Fuseini said under the NREG programme, government would also provide some microscopes to some training institutions to facilitate teaching.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Mr Ben Aryee, commended the World Bank, Royal Netherlands Government, United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), Agence France de Development and the European Union for the support in the implementation of the NREG programme.

Mr Adjei Duodo, Director of the Geological Survey Department expressed appreciation for the gesture and gave the assurance that the equipment would be put to good use.


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