Mines Chamber launches second industry awards

Author: Suleiman Mustapha
Mr Sulemanu Koney - Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Chamber of Mines
Mr Sulemanu Koney - Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Chamber of Mines

The Ghana Chamber of Mines will hold its second Ghana Mining Industry awards on December 1, 2016 to recognise excellence and the contribution of mining companies and individuals to the development of the country.

Mr Sulemanu Koney, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, who launched the Awards said there is the need to bring to stakeholders’ attention to the catalytic role of the sector in the Ghanaian economy.

The awards ceremony is intended to recognise excellence and the tremendous contribution mining companies, individuals, the media and other institutions are playing in the development of the mining sector.

The CEO said the awards scheme was instituted to celebrate the exceptional role stakeholders were playing in the mining industry.

 “We expect 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.

The first Ghana Mining Awards was held in 2015

Mr Koney 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.

The awards would be adjudicated by a board chaired by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology with members from the Minerals Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ghana Chamber of Mines.

In all, there would be 12 awards for grabs.


The awards categories include 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.

The rest are Best Performer in Environmental Management, Best Mining Student of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Best Essay in the Inter-Mines First Aid and Safety Competition, Lifetime Achievement Award and Best Mining Reporter.

The CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines touched on the main award for the night and explained that the Mining Company of the Year award would be bestowed on a mining company that achieved the highest aggregate results in terms of environmental management, innovation, occupational health and safety and corporate social responsibility.

 Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr Koney said the Lifetime Achievement Award would also go to an individual for his or her outstanding achievements and significant contribution to the growth of Ghana’s mining industry.

The awardee in this category, he said, should be an outstanding leader, regulator, policy maker, economist, engineer, financial manger or technology specialist.

“This individual must have contributed immensely to the development and future growth of the mining industry in the course of his or her career,” Mr Koney added.

He said nominations would be assessed based on five criteria: achievement, integrity, leadership, peer recognition and strategic vision. — GB