The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) has acquired some new technology equipment and an ultramodern monitoring lab that can help monitor the pollution of the water bodies in Ghana. This is part of the university’s fulfilment of its mandate of producing skilful local human resource base.
The equipment and the laboratory were secured with the support of the Danish Embassy in Ghana. The ultramodern environmental monitoring laboratory which included 4 mobile laboratory vans was secured at the cost of 8.6 million euros.
Prof Jerry Samuel Yaw Kuma, the Vice Chancellor of UMaT, stressed how crucial having the environmental monitoring lab and technology in Ghana was. He also said, “The laboratory formed part of the plans to establish the Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering in the University.”
Prof Kuma continued:
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“In our mission to become a centre of excellence in Ghana and Africa, the main objectives of the project are to promote and improve the provision of teaching and research activities at the university conduct consultancies for mining and allied companies as part of extension services in water analysis, blast monitoring and community training.
“The changing face of environmental related challenges must, therefore, be of interest to all stakeholders especially considering the extent of environmental degradation that we have witnessed in recent years.”
Tove Degnbol, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, also said the project will go a long way to strengthen the relationship between Denmark and Ghana. She said:
“It is expected that this contributes to a better environment by providing access to the test of water quality, soil conditions, air pollution and general health conditions as well as support the education of environmental engineers.
The Danish Ambassador said the UMaT monitoring lab can be used by “government authorities, local communities and civil society” to protect the environment.
The UMaT Vice Chancellor urged mining companies in Ghana to bring their samples to their lab for testing rather than sending them abroad as they did always.
The UMaT monitoring lab would be used for monitoring a lot of things. Included in its uses are mining air monitoring, water pollution levels, and also provide research assistance to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).