JOURNALISTS for Business Advocacy (JBA) has been awarded for their consistent and accurate reportage on mining issues in the country at the fourth Ghana Mining Industry Awards (GMIA) held in Accra on Friday, November 30, 2018.
The awards ceremony was an annual event organised by the Ghana Chamber of Mines (GCM) to recognise excellence and the tremendous contribution mining companies, individuals, the media and other institutions were playing in the development of the mining sector.
The event, which was on the theme: “We create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining in the country,” was aimed at recognising and celebrating outstanding achievement and excellence in the mining industry.
The awards were been adjudicated by a board chaired by the Vice Chancellor of University of Mines and Technology with members from the Minerals Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ghana Chamber of Mines.
In all, 19 awards came up for grabs by various players in the mining industry for playing exceptional roles in the mining industry.
The award categories included Best Mining Company, Best Performer in Mine Supplies and Support Services, Best in Innovation, Best Performer in Local Content, Best Community Safety Brigade and Best Performer in Occupational Health and Safety, Best Graduate Research, among others.
Asanko Gold Ghana Limited was adjudged the best mining company for the 2018 for achieving the highest aggregate results in terms of environmental management, innovation, occupational health and safety and corporate social responsibility.
In his welcome address, the President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Eric Asubonteng, touched on the main award for the night, and commended the players in Ghana’s extractive sector for supporting the chamber to protect and promote the interest of the mining industry.
According to him, the chamber was the main minerals industry association in Ghana which represents the collective interest of companies involved in mining exploration, production and processing in Ghana.
Mr Asubonteng said there was the need to bring to stakeholders’ attention the catalytic role of the sector in the Ghanaian economy.
He indicated that the chamber was expected to deepen these engagements in the coming years and hopefully get the authorities to appreciate the catalytic role the mining industry can play in our economy,” he said.
He said the chamber would continue to work with government and stakeholders to reinforce the successes and impact of the industry in the development process of the country.
He called on the awardees to continue to contribute immensely to the development and future growth of the mining industry in the course of their careers.
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