VICE PRESIDENT (INDUSTRY)
My name is Dr Kofi Agyemang, I am currently the Managing Director of Kibi Goldfields and past Vice President (Industry) of Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG). I have 36 years of industry experience that involves:
- Precious mineral development process; and
- Stakeholder interactions at various levels.
I am seeking re-election as Vice President (Industry) with the main aim of improving the Institution and championing the cause of professional geoscientists and promoting their interest as well.
As the Vice President, I believe that the way forward in developing the profession of geoscience and attaining GhIG’s vision/mission is through the generation of creative and innovative ideas in carrying out our responsibilities in a professional manner. These include but are not limited to the following:
- To position the institution to gain both local and global presence in championing geoscience issues in Ghana;
- Work with MINCOM to address the biases in the mining industry organization structure based on a strong involvement of geologists; and
- Registered members to be recognized as Qualified/Competent Person (QP or CP) to perform specialized functions of the industry.
Over the years the Institution has played a major role in the development of Ghana in the mining industry. In our country today, three of the main problems facing the nation are youth unemployment and environmental degradation as a result of both legal and illegal mining activities. An impressive amount of Ghana’s gold production has come from artisanal mining, which is no longer really on a small scale but now rather on a relatively larger scale. The cost to the environment has been colossal and the Government will have to take up the responsibility to clean up much of the mess as it did not do enough to oversee and control rampant illegal mining all over the countryside. In the meantime, they were receiving considerable sums of money in fees and in levying royalty on small-scale miners who sold their gold through legally
This is the reason why two years ago, when I came before you, I made a promise to (together with the management of our institution) work with stakeholders (Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ministry of Local Government, NGOs etc., to push for a by-law for the various MMDCEs to engage at least five geoscientists to work in small-scale mines.
During the period of my tenure, initiatives were made to bring to fruition this laudable idea by bringing it to the attention of stakeholders, despite the negative impacts of the Covid situation. This is the more reason why I am asking members of our institution for another 2years as Vice President.
I have also by virtue of my position as Managing Director of Kibi Goldfields lobbied for my company to admit students of our fraternity from the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, and other Universities for Field Visits. Attachment’s national service in every year over the past four years.
I am a team player with managerial skills in the mining industry. I have also shown in the past two years to have built a good relationship with other executives of our institution and will continue to make GhIG the best it can be.
If elected to office, my main focus as an experience industry member of GhIG is to assist the institution to outline ways to improve its objectives which are stated in the constitution of GhIG. Also, identity geological events happening in Ghana, assess their situations and plan out strategies to tackle them. The following challenges/issues will be considered during my term in office
- To review the welfare of members by finding solutions to high rates of unemployment among some of our geoscience members.
- To look at the challenges/issues facing the mining and oil industry in Ghana and outline and recommend appropriate measures to deal with the challenges.
- To collaborate with the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf) to formulate African International Instrument (AIN) to help set standards of disclosure for mineral projects in Africa similar to instrumented securities like NI 43-101, JORC, ASX and other international instruments. The instrument will be a codified set of rules and guidelines for reporting and displaying information related to mineral properties owned by or explored by companies, which will report their results on the Stock Exchange.
- To initiate a Legislative Instrument (LI,) for an appropriate examination and certification within GhIG to have an established and proven leader (competent Person/ Chartered Professional (CP) in the mining, oil and related consultancy on a world-class basis.
In my term of office, I would reach out to every member and seek to find solutions to problems voiced by institution members and the public in every sphere. I will always strive to influence the system towards satisfying the needs of members of our institution.
VOTE FOR DR. KOFI AGYEMANG AS YOUR VICE PRESIDENT (INDUSTRY)