The African Mining Services (AMS), a contract mining and exploration drilling services company, has presented computers and accessories worth $20,000 to the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa (UMaT).
The support is expected to facilitate research and e-learning in the wake of remote learning due to COVID-19, which has limited face-to-face classes.
The company presented 10 high-speed computers with a dedicated graphics card and 24-inch monitors to the school for distribution to various departments, which urgently need them.
At the presentation ceremony at the university, the Operations Manager of the company, Joseph Abu Baka, said AMS was one of the direct beneficiaries of products from UMaT, hence the support for its training activities.
The company, he said, was committed to the enhancement of learning and research at the university, which impacted the mining industry and society as a whole.
“We have a long-standing relationship with the UMaT and have over the years supported the institution through various forms of sponsorship for some of its activities,” Mr Baka said.
“The AMS, no doubt, benefited from the UMaT as an institution because majority of our staff are products of this university and they are performing excellently in our line of operations,” he added.
Since its establishment in 1991, Mr Baka said the AMS had successfully delivered contract-mining services to a range of clients in the mining sector in Ghana and other parts of Africa through mining services such as planning and exploration, mine development, production and mine closure/reclamation.
“Our strategic focus is driven by our desire to deliver enduring value and certainty for the industry to ensure reliable, proven mining contract services in Ghana and other African countries,” he said.
The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the UMaT, Professor Anthony Simons, who received the items, said the dynamics of current teaching and learning required a lot of computers among others to enhance research and learning, hence the request for support from the AMS.
He said research works had also progressed to a stage where “even if you will have to perform real practical works, you may have to run some simulations and then verify with real life experiments, hence the importance of the computers.”
Contribution to the industry
Prof. Simons commended the AMS and other mining industry players for their support but, “said the university will need more support.”