Minister lauds Ghacem QLA for contributing to socio economic dev’t

October 20, 2016
Source: thebftonline | Ghana
Minister lauds Ghacem QLA for contributing to socio economic dev’t

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Nii Osah Mills has observed that Ghana’s natural resources contribute immensely to the socio-economic development as such efforts aimed at sustainable environmental management during and after extraction of mineral resources deserves special commendation.

He therefore applauded Ghacem and its parent company, HeidelbergCement (HC) Group for introducing the Quarry Life Award (QLA) competition that gives unique opportunity for Ghanaian students and researchers to raise their knowledge on Biodiversity

Hon. Nii Osah Mills said this as guest speaker at the 3rd edition of the QLA National ceremony where three top Projects were rewarded

Michael Owusu-Tweneboah, MPhil student in Mining Engineering at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) Tarkwa, who undertook a project on ‘Determination of the Best Soil Enrichment Method using ANOVA Technique’ was adjudged the best

He was presented with a trophy and cash cheque for GH¢20,342.50 (€5000) at the National Awards ceremony which was held on 13th October at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra. His closest competitor, Emmanuel Taye, who placed second with his project ‘Impacts of Quarry Dust on Water Resource and its Effect on Biodiversity: The Odonata Assessment took home GH¢12,205.50 (€3000) and a trophy. Masen Koranteng, the third placed, also won a trophy and GH¢ 6,102.75 (€1500). His project was an assessment of “Geospatial Analysis of biodiversity changes in and around the Yonqwa Quarry site.”

The Five projects, including those of Daniel Cudjoe (‘Restoration of Biodiversity using Voandzeia subterranean (Bambara beans) and Jonas Dwomoh (Slope Wall Stability and Biodiversity Promotion: The Use of Gramineae-Bambusoideae (bamboo) who placed 4th and 5th respectively, were selected for the QLA initiative which seeks to source ideas towards the effective management of biodiversity in all mining sites of HeidelbergCement (HC) Group, the parent company of GHACEM.

In his welcome address, Managing Director of Ghacem, Morten Gade noted that raising the knowledge of the biological value of mining sites and contribute to further enhancing it informed its parent company, HeidelbergCement’s decision to launch the QLA Competition, stressing that the HC Group are committed to managing biodiversity during and after extraction.

He commended the QLA National Jury, Coordinators and the 5 finalist for demonstrating high professionalism during the period of research, touting that Ghana boost of an enviable record in the global award in the first two editions, as such the onus rest on them to go for the ultimate global prize.

Mr. Gade seized the occasion to call on stakeholders in the cement industry to join the company and other cement manufacturing companies, as it battles unfair trade practices by some new players in the industry.

“Local manufacturers have more than adequate capacity to meet the market demand for quality cement with an installed capacity production of 8 million tons against a market demand of 5 million tons importation of bagged cement is not necessary” he said, citing importation of cement from China and that of finished bulk cement by Dangote from South Korea.

The Night brought together stakeholders and gurus in the mining industry. Notable among them included: Dr. Tony Aubuynn, CEO of Mineral Commission, Prof J.S.Y. Kuma, Vice Chancellor, University of Mines and Technology, Representatives of Chamber of Mines, Accra Mining Network, Commercial Quarry Association of Ghana, Anglo Gold Ashanti, West Africa Mining Institute, NGOS in Environment and the Forestry Commission. Guest Speaker was Minister for Lands & Natural Resources, Hon. Nii Osah Mills.

In a report, National Jury member, Dr. Erasmus Owusu who is a Conservation Biologist and Head of Department of Animal Biology and Conservation Science, University of Ghana-Legon and also doubles as an International Jury member said based on what was witnessed at the field and the presentations made by the 5 finalists, criteria used to select the best project included: Quality of work in the field; Transferability of work to other sites, nationally and globally; Scientific rigour and the significance of projects in improving the knowledge of mining ecology.

Morten Gade, hands over a dummy cheque to second position, Emmanuel Taye