Kwabia Owusu-Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, Sept. 14, GNA – Mr Eric Asubonteng,
President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, has urged mining companies to strive
to integrate their business process with sustainable environmental management.
He said operational efficiency of mines would
amount to nothing, if business processes were not integrated with sustainable
practices that focused on the strict adherence to environmental and social
regulations and guidelines.
Mr. Asubonteng made the call at the opening of
the maiden environmental, technical and social affairs conference of the Ghana
Chamber of Mines in Kumasi.
The conference, which was on the theme “a
responsible and sustainable mining industry; a partner for national
development” formed part of activities marking the 90th anniversary
celebrations of the Chamber.
Mr. Asubonteng pointed out that, though profit
was the core of mining operations, people and environmental sustainability
could not be wished away in the mining industry and responsible mining, could
not be considered as an after-thought, adding that, health and safety was also
crucial in their operations.
He said mining could only continue to play its
role as a catalyst for national development if the players in the industry
strengthened their systems and practised to make the desired impact on society.
Professor Chris Gordon of the Institute for
Environmental and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, stressed the need
for mining companies to generate effective environmental management plans to
achieve a responsible mining.
He urged mining companies to be proactive
rather than reactive when maintaining the integrity of the environment.
Mr Suleman Koney, Chief Executive Officer of
the Ghana Chamber of Mines, said the industry could not wished innovation and
technology away in their operations.
It was therefore the responsibility of the
technical committee to ensure that the Chamber and its affiliate members were
up to the speed in their adoption and application of innovation and technology
in their operations.