Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah, on Friday, 3rd June, 2022 paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as part of activities earmarked for the 2nd edition of the Sustainable Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) Awareness Day. He was accompanied by some staff of the University and leaders of Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners (GNASSM).
Briefing the Asantehene on the purpose of the courtesy call, the National Vice President of GNASSM, Mr Sampson Kofi Wiredu stated that, it was a courteous gesture to inform the Asantehene of the ASM Awareness Day in the Kumasi Metropolis and also seek his blessing and support for the success of the programme. Mr Wiredu stated that GNASSM is committed to sustainable mining practices and will continue to supervise its members to work within the law.
National Vice President of GNASSM, Mr Sampson Kofi Wiredu
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Richard K. Amankwah stated that, the University of Mines and Technology instituted the Sustainable ASM Awareness as part of its social responsibility to educate the general populace and also offer technical training and support to the small-scale miners in order to promote safe and best practices among them. He therefore recounted various steps UMaT has taken, including the institution of ASM Radio School and establishment of the Small-Scale Mining Hub, to support Government and the Small-Scale Mining fraternity to fight illegal mining and promote sound mining practices. Prof Amankwah was certain that, given the needed resources, UMaT could help clean polluted water bodies.
Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwah, Vice Chancellor (1st from right) Enumerating UMaT’s Contribution towards Sustainable Small-Scale Mining to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
The Asantehene commended the University of Mines and Technology for teaming up with Ghana National Association of Small-Scale Miners to celebrate the Sustainable Small-Scale Mining Awareness Day. He emphasised that small-scale mining offers a better option than ‘Galamsey’, which is unregulated and its operators involve in illegal activities. Otumfuo, therefore, called on GNASSM to ensure that its members do not engage in illegal activities or engage in activities that will degrade the environment. He further urged GNASSM to continuously depend on UMaT for training in best practices for their operations.
The Asantehene lauded UMaT for steps it has taken to promote sustainable mining, especially on the setting up of the Small-Scale Mining Hub to offer technical support to small-scale miners and urged UMaT to help clean polluted water bodies. He then called on all stakeholders to help weed out lawless mining operators. “One man’s wealth acquisition should not sacrifice other people”, he stated.
Vice Chancellor and His Team in a Pose with Otumfuo
Leaders of GNASSM in a Pose with Otumfuo
Some Chiefs and Elders at the Meeting
Prof Richard K. Amankwah Signing the Visitors Book. Looking on is Mr Godwin Armaah, National Secretary, GNASSM
Source: University Relations Office