Mr Michael Owusu-Tweneboah, an MPhil student in Mining Engineering of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, has won the 3rd edition of the National Quarry Life Award (QLA) organised by GHACEM Limited. Mr Owusu-Tweneboah was presented with a trophy and a cheque for GH¢20,342.50, the equivalent of €5,000.00 at the National Awards ceremony held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
Mr Owusu-Tweneboah’s project was on the topic “Determination of the Best Soil Enrichment Method using ANOVA Technique” and was adjudged the best in a keenly contested competition from five shortlisted entries. Two other UMaT students, Daniel Cudjoe and Jonas Dwomoh placed 4th and 5th respectively. This is the second time a UMaT student has won the national award since it was started in 2012.
The Quarry Life Award is an initiative which seeks to source ideas from talented students towards the effective management of biodiversity in all mining sites of Heidelberg Cement (HC) Group, the parent company of GHACEM.
In his welcome address, the Managing Director of GHACEM, Mr Morten Gade, noted that raising the knowledge of the biological value of mining sites and contributing to further enhancing it informed the decision by GHACEM’s parent company, Heidelberg Cement’s decision to launch the QLA competition and stressed that the HC Group is committed to managing biodiversity during and after extraction. He commended the QLA National Jury, the coordinators and the five finalists for demonstrating high professionalism during the period of research and urged them to go for the ultimate global prize.
The Vice Chancellor of UMaT, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, was a special invited Guest for the ceremony which also included the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Honourable Nii Osah Mills, the CEO of the Minerals Commission, Dr Tony Aubynn, and other stakeholders from the mining industry.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)