Former President of the Republic of Ghana, and Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa (UMaT) His Excellency John Agyekum Kuffour is calling for an economic masterplan to be drawn for Tarkwa and adjourning communities. He recommended that such plans be undertaken by a strategic partnership of the municipal assembly, the university, traditional authorities and the National Development Planning Commission teaming up with the local mining industry players.
In his remarks at the 10th Congregation of UMaT last Saturday, H.E Agyekum Kuffour asserted the plan will ensure a robust and sustainable local economy for “this potential modern city” not only for the current generation but also for the future.
“… there’s no doubt the economy of Tarkwa is basically grounded on minerals production. And of course, these mineral resources are non-renewable and would eventually be depleted. To ensure a robust and sustainable local economy for this potential modern city , for now and the future, I am calling for a far-reaching you economic masterplan to be drawn for Tarkwa and it’s adjourning areas”, he emphasised.
H.E John Agyekum Kuffour likened the partnership between the state and the university to other extractive cities in Britain, South Africa and USA, in developing technologies and innovations to deal with post-mineral extraction conditions.
“…such a collaboration will engender a symbiotic relationship among the partners to the general benefit of the stakeholders and the nation as a whole. Examples abound around the world I localities such as the Research Triangle area of North Carolina; Boston, Massachusetts; and Austin, Texas; all in the USA, where the collaboration among the relevant stakeholders has produced booming high-tech economic hubs. Logically, such a plan will also take care of the post-mining economy of the area”, the Chancellor justified.
H.E Agyekum Kuffour charged the university to aspire to become one of such institutions, adding “government should urgently consider a well-planned and expanded UMaT as an answer to, among other things, a post-mineral extraction Tarkwa and its environs”.
Story: Abraham Mensah