Ghacem QLA Project Jury Member Visit Ghana

A business desk report

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Erasto Njavike (3 rd right) together with national executives of QLA being briefed on project development by one of the contestants during the visit

A member of the international jury of the ongoing GHACEM Quarry Life Award Competition, Erasto Njavike, has paid a working visit to the company.

Mr Njavike, who is also the Programme Manager for the Roots and Shoots programme at the Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania, also visited the project sites of Ghana’s Top 5 finalists of the ongoing 2 nd edition of the Quarry Life Award Contest organized by Heidelbergcement Group and interacted with them.

In a speech, he noted that GHACEM’s approach to quarry rehabilitation was impressive and needed to be emulated by other mining companies for the proper maintenance of biodiversity

He further urged the participants to link the quarry rehabilitation activities and the communities around the quarry rehabilitation in order to create a win-win situation that would be mutually beneficial for both the company and its communities.

He also visited GHACEM’s rehabilitation and reclamation project as mandated by the Minerals and Mines Law of 2006 ACT 703.

The Quarry Life Award Campaign (QLA) is a global competition organized by Heidelbergcement (HC) Group to source ideas towards the effective regeneration and management of biodiversity in all of its mining sites across the globe.

Heidelberg Cement operates more than 100 cement grinding plants and over 1,000 quarries in more than 40 countries.

Ghana, represented by GHACEM, is one out of 18 countries participating in the QLA competition.

Some national executives of the QLA Project, who accompanied Mr. Njavike to the project sites of the five finalists, included Kwabena Labi Addo, QLA National Coordinator, Solomon Ayiah, Communications Coordinator and Dr. Erasmus Owusu, a National Jury member, who is also a conservation biologist.

The team visited the Yongwa quarry site and was hosted by Abdul Rashid, Quarry, manager of A.J Fanj sub-contractors of Ghacem.

Mr. Labi Addo, later in an interview, emphasized the importance of Mr. Njavike’s visit, stressing that participants will get the opportunity of being coached on the international criteria in winning the ultimate award.

Mr. Labi Addo, on behalf of the national coordinators, commended Mr. Njavike for the visit, describing it as timely and a recipe to boost enthusiasm in the 2 nd edition of the QLA competition.

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