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Mining Companies Charged to Pay Attention to Building Local Capacities


An appeal has been made by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources for mining companies to develop local capacities in the mining industry value chain.


Speakinìg at the Ghana Chamber of Mines’ 5th National conference on human resource management in the mining industry, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor said the Government considers this as crucial hence has enacted the Minerals and Mining Act (Local Content and Local Participation) Regulations, 2020 (L.I. 2431) to among other things, develop local capacities in the mining sector through education, skills transfer and expertise development, transfer of technology and development programmes.


He therefore charged Mining companies to take the localisation programme very serious and ensure strict compliance to ensure that we build adequate capacity across the value chain.
The theme for the 2-day conference was “Transforming people management for sustainable mining industry in Ghana”. This the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources who is also the member of Parliament for Damango said is in sync with the mission statement of the Chamber, to use “resources and capabilities of its members to deliver services to government and community needs to enhance sustainable development.”


He again reminded that, the mining industry, is associated with many risks hence motivation and fair treatment are key for the workforce who he said constitute the backbone of the success of mining companies.


He added that for the workers to give out their best it is important for Human Resource Departments to work closely with workers’ unions to build consensus and strive towards organisational objectives together.


CHAMBER OF MINES MUST PLAY ACTIVE ROLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL MINING


Hon Abu Jinapor seized the opportunity to admonish the Chamber of Mines to play more active role in the fight against illegal mining. He further stated that Government is taking all the necessary measures to come to grips with the menace.
“Apart from its negative environmental impacts, illegal mining, also, affects your operations and indeed, your employees. The occasional clashes between illegal miners and your employees will be a thing of the past if we join hands together to deal with illegal mining and develop our mining communities”.


CHAMBER OF MINES TAKES STEPS TO SUPPORT HUMAN CAPITAL DEVT- DR. KONEY


The Chief Executive officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines Dr. Suleiman Koney on his part revealed that the Chamber has taken steps to support the human capital development of the mining industry.
He said the Chamber has handed over 804,000 dollars research grant to 6 faculty members and 5 postgraduate students at the George Grant University of Mines and Technology at Tarkwa to conduct research into the mining industry.
He said this was the second tranche of support to the University with a total of 1.3 million Ghana cedis grant dedicated for research into the mining industry.
Dr. Koney further emphasised that the mining industry can only be productive and sustainable with a conference of research as well as attraction, retention and nurturing of talents with the right skills.


RADICAL RETHINK NEEDED TO ATTRACT, RETAIN AND NURTURE TALENTS IN THE MINING SECTOR- ERIC ASUBONTENG


The immediate past President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and the current Managing Director of Anglogold Ashanti, Eric Asubonteng has called for a radical rethink of the mining sector’s approach to attracting ,retaining and nurturing talents in the industry.
He said the effects of COVID-19 and the Russian- Ukrain war has impacted the mining sector’s supply chain hence mining sector players need to be proactive in their strategies and strengthen the employee’s value chain proposition.
Citing the EY’ report on the top 10 risk in 2023 for the mining and metal industries, he said it was identified that the current talent shortage in the industry is the worst as skills and experienced ones retire and resign . Replacing them, he added require a critical rethink on attraction, retention and nurturing of talents.

Story by: Sampson Manu

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