Government to partner mining industry

…to develop nation’s human resource

Albert Nana Asante

A two-day national conference on Human Resources Management in the mining industry has ended in Obuasi, with an assurance from the government that it would partner the mining industry to develop the nation’s human resources, especially, the teeming youth.

The two-day conference, which was the second to be organised by the Ghana Chamber of Mines, was under theme: “Transformational Human Resource Management – Multiple challenges, new approaches.”

In a speech read for him, Mr. Enoch Teye Mensah, Minister for Employment and Social Welfare, commended the industry for its continued commitment to human capital development, and contribution to the nation’s building.

“Indeed, the current trend of the global economy makes it more challenging for industry to position itself on the global competitive ladder. Notwithstanding this, the mining industry of Ghana should be applauded for its continued commitment to human capital development and contribution to nation building. I must admit that this government duly recognises the unflinching support of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and its members,” he stressed.

Mr. Mensah disclosed that the mining industry employs over 12, 294 people, out of which 98 percent are Ghanaians.

The Employment and Social Welfare Minister noted that though one of the topmost priorities of the current government was to develop the nation’s human resources, there was the need for other stakeholders to assist in that direction.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of mines, Dr. Joyce Aryee, disclosed that mineral royalty payments had increased from GH¢1.9 million in 1990, to about GH¢90.4 million in 2009, whilst mineral royalty payments to the state in 2009, accounted for over 94 percent of total government royalties.

She added that mining companies contributed an average of 12 % of total government tax revenue between 2000 and 2008, while in 2009, the mining industry paid corporate taxes of about GH¢125 million.

Dr. Aryee, who expressed happiness about the growth in the mining industry, encouraged human resource practitioners to continue to play an effective role in moving the industry forward, by developing collaborated cross industry education and training strategies, and making the best use of all potential sources of labour supply.

The President of the Ghana Chamber of Mine, Mr. Dan Owiredu, described the country’s oil find as a challenge to the mining industry, of which the human resource practitioners should keep a focus on the need to develop an internal capacity to address the emerging challenges.

Mr. Kwesi Enyan, Managing Director of Anglo Gold Ashanti (AGA), Obuasi Mine, who re-echoed the threat the oil industry posed to the mining industry, was however, hopeful that the conference would provide innovative and practical interventions that would significantly enhance the people-management capacity of the mining industry.

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