The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Sulemanu Koney, has supported the Dakpema Education Fund with Ghc10,000,00 cash.
The donation formed part of activities lined up for the Ghana Chamber of Mines CEO, Sulemanu Koney’s two-day official visit to the Northern Region.
The Chamber’s External Relations Director, Ahmed Nantogmah, said the same amount was given in 2016.
Nantogmah Ahmed said the donation was meant for the upkeep of needy but brilliant students benefiting from the Dakpema Education Fund.
Earlier at a meeting with the Northern Regional Minister, Sulemanu Koney said the team sought to interact with major stakeholders including students of the University for Development Studies (UDS).
“We believe that we have a responsibility to go round the country and brief the citizens on especially responsible and sustainable mining, because the mineral resources belong to each and everyone one of us, so generally the people of Ghana should understand the mining industry and that’s why we decided that we should move out of the mining areas and come to the north.”
Sulemanu Koney hinted that, exploration will soon begin at the Sheini Iron ore deposit at the Tatale-Sanguli district.
The Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed, commended the Ghana Chamber of Mines CEO and his team for the visit.
He said his office was ever ready to partner with the Chamber to explore the natural resources that abound in the area.
He mentioned Bole-Bamboi, Sheini and other potential mining areas where he decried the widespread illegal mining activities.
Salifu Saeed asked the Chamber of Mines CEO to partner with the Regional Coordinating Council to reposition the region to attract investors.
He further implored the Ghana Chamber of Mines to contact heads of the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to provide a blueprint for the mineral deposits in their areas.
“The youth of this region are very determined to work, but there are no jobs, and so I urge the Chamber to create job opportunities for the idle youth. If the Chamber of Mines has the intention to set up an institution to train the youth, it will reduce the influx of rural-urban migration.”
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/citifmonline.com/Ghana