The award winners in a group photograph with dignitaries after the event
Ghana Mine Workers’ Union (GMWU), as part of their 75th anniversary,
has honoured four more dignitaries for the significant roles they played in
shaping the mining sector of Ghana.
award winners included Sir Sam Jonah, former Chief Executive Officer of Ashanti
Goldfields Company Limited, who set the pace for a fresh mining environment
where business and people issues were equally prioritised, and Prof. Akilakpa
Sawyer, former Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana Legon, who exhibited a distinctive repository of knowledge
and wisdom during the preparation of the modern mining laws of Ghana.
were Mr. Sam Poku, former Executive Director, Ghana Chamber of Mines, who
played a critical role in removing the hitherto adversarial union/management
relationship within the mining industry, and Mr. Kofi Ansah, Founding Chief
Executive of Minerals Commission, whose pioneering role in shaping the mining
industry laid a strong foundation for the growth and development of the Minerals
The General Secretary of GMWU, Prince William Ankrah, who
welcomed the management, committee and entire membership of the union to the
awards ceremony, said four award winners in their various organisations left a
lasting legacy on the mining landscape through their work.
commemorate this diamond jubilee, we have thought it wise to recognise and honour distinguished statesmen
and industry giants whose inestimable contributions have shaped the mining sector
of Ghana,” he said.
Chief Director, Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources, Prof. Patrick
Agbesinyale, commended the management committee and the entire membership of
the GMWU who have deemed it appropriate to recognise the doyens of the
said government appreciates the conducive environment created by the harmony
among the stakeholders and would work with the union as it has done in the past
to maintain the mutual beneficial relationship.
Sam Jonah, who spoke after the awards, said he was humbled to be part of a
group selected by the GMWU to be awarded.
He, therefore, expressed his appreciation on behalf of the award winners for the recognition.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri