Work has commenced on the Ghana Chamber of Mines funded Mining and Mineral Resources faculty block at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) at Tarkwa in the Western Region.
The project which is being funded by the Chambers Tertiary Education Fund when completed will support skills training for the mining industry and related sectors.
It will also complement the current facilities for teaching and learning at the University of Mines and Technology.
Speaking at the ceremony at Tarkwa, Mr Koney said the estimated cost of the project was $1.21 million and should be ready within two years.
The facility will be equipped with smart classroom facilities with modern equipment with all ICT and other e-learning tools and well-equipped offices for lecturers.
“The university’s contribution to the training of professionals and researchers in the minerals sector means that it continues to attract more and more young people who see engineering as a career path worthy to be charted,” he said.
The project, Mr Koney said, came as a positive development, at a point where the university’s facilities had been stretched to its limits.
“It is for this reason that the Ghana Chamber of Mines set up the TEF in 2019 to improve the experience of teaching and learning in the university for the first five years of the fund,” he added.
Mr Koney assured member companies of the chamber, whose benevolence had made it possible for the realisation of the TEF, that the project would mark the beginning of a stronger partnership with UMaT.
About Ghana Chamber of Mines
The Ghana Chamber of Mines is the main minerals industry association in Ghana. The Chamber represents the collective interests of companies involved in mineral exploration, production and processing in Ghana.
Its activities are entirely funded by its member companies, which produce majority of Ghana’s mineral output.