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Panelists during the Launching of ASM Radio School

The University of Mines and Technology on Tuesday, 12th October, 2021 launched a Radio School on sustainable artisanal and small-scale mining on the University’s Radio Station, Dynamite 88.9 FM, dubbed ‘ASM Radio School’. The purpose of the Radio School is to create awareness on sustainable artisanal and small-scale mining practices and also promote same among artisanal and small-scale miners. The programme is expected to run once a week on Tuesdays, from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm.

Launching the programme, Professor Amankwah, Vice Chancellor of UMaT underscored the need for purposive education on best mining practices among small scale miners to ensure protection of lives, the environment and water bodies. The Vice Chancellor stated that the Radio School forms part of UMaT’s effort to promote sustainable small-scale mining and that the programme will be recorded for rebroadcast on other radio stations in mining communities in the country.

Professor Richard Kwasi Amankwah, Vice Chancellor of UMaT Launching the ASM Radio School

The ASM Radio School will involve interactive discussions on relevant topics on the environment, mining practices, regulations, processes needed to start and  operate an ASM, land issues and others that will promote sustainable artisanal and small-scale mining practices.  Specific topics slated for discussion include, mining and the society, legal framework - how to acquire a small-scale mining license, legal framework – working within the law, chiefs, the law and access to land for mining, environmental regulations in small-scale mining, how to find the gold on the concession, sustainable small-scale surface mining practices, sustainable small-scale underground mining practices, best practices in small-scale gold extraction, solid and liquid waste management in small-scale operations and safety issues in ASM.

There will be call-in segments for the involvement of the people in the communities within the programme’s catchement areas and discussion of findings on queries and enquiries that may pop up during the live interactions and call-ins.

The target audience for the programme include but not limited to ASM communities, financiers and their operators, regulators, policy makers, law enforcers, young persons within cathcment areas, students, traditional authorities, the general mining communities and the wider society.

Resource persons will be drawn from the University, professionals from the mining companies in the University’s catchment areas, officials from the Tarkwa Municipal Assembly, Enviromental Protection Agency, Minerals Commission, Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM) and chiefs.

Hon Benjamin Kessie, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality who was one of the panelist for the programme commended UMaT for its proactiveness and the ASM Radio School. The MCE noted that efforts to make the University more accessible to the wider society is laudable and that the Radio School will be one of the tools that will educate the small scale mining stakeholders for best mining practices. He therefore encouraged the University to keep to the use of the local dialect in all discussions regarding the ASM School.

Hon Benjamin Kessie, Municipal Chief Executive of Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality

Mr Nuhu Mohammed Mustapha, the GNASSM Assistant Secretary for Tarkwa Centre lauded UMaT for the initiative and urged all members of GNASSM to be active listeners of the programme. He stated that GNASSM is ready to support all efforts at promoting sustainable small-scale mining practices and that GNASSM should be involved in all such efforts. Mr Nuhu pledged the support of GNASSM for the programme and stated that GNASSM will help rebroadcast the  programme to their members who are not within the reach of Dynamite 88.9 FM. 

Mr Nuhu Mohammed Mustapha, Assistant Secretary, GNASSM, Tarkwa Centre, Underscoring the Need for Involvement of GNASSM in Attempts to Promote Sustainable Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

The crew for the ASM Radio School are Dr Frank Boateng, Host; Mr T. B. Eshun Executive Producer; Dr Ismael Quaicoe and Assoc Prof George Adjei, Programme Consultants;  and Messrs Nicholas Mensah and Enoch Mensah, Members of the Technical Team.

Source: T. B. Eshun
University Relations Office