The Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Commission, Dr. Toni Aubynn, has been conferred with the Award of Professional Fellow of Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA), at a ceremony in Accra.
Dr. Aubynn was among nineteen other Ghanaian personalities who, in recognition of their immense contribution to the development of the society particularly in their chosen career, the Governing Council of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (CIDA), conferred on them.
They are conferred with the right to use the designatory letters of FCIDA after their names.
Speaking at the investiture ceremony, the Director-General of CIDA, Dr. Charles Marcus disclosed that Dr. Aubynn has used his influence to initiate and support projects for the benefit of a number of communities at Tarkwa and Damang in the Western Region.
He said, Dr.Aubynn led the development and implementation of Gold Fields Ghana’s flagship community development programme, Sustainable Economic Empowerment and Development (SSED), which had improved the lives of people living in the catchment areas of the mining company.
Dr. Marcus noted further that, Dr. Aubynn established and chaired the Gold Fields Ghana Scholarship Scheme, which has supported over 1,000 brilliant but needy students to pursue their education at the secondary and tertiary levels in Ghana.
Dr. Marcus said, Dr. Aubynn’s proposal for special support for the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), culminated in the provision of support for the University’s V-SAT Project, construction of a Geo-Tech laboratory and an annual contribution of 100,000 dollars for five years for the University.
“At the national level, Dr. Aubynn played a leading role in securing an unprecedented US$ 11 million (six-year) sponsorship deal for the country’s senior national team, the Ghana Black Stars, which arguably revived the fortunes of the team, back to its glory days and paved the way for the maiden qualification to the World Cup in 2006,” Dr. Marcus revealed.
According to Dr. Marcus, Dr. Aubynn has also made immense contribution at the international level, notably his involvement in a number of mining related initiatives to improve the understanding of relationship within the mining communities, and also sought improvements in the artisanal small scale mining sub-sector.
“These initiatives have seen Dr. Toni Aubynn serve as chair of the International Council of Minerals and Metals’ (ICMM), Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) working group, Chair of the Association of Commodities Group (ACG)and a long-time member of Strategic Management Advisory Group of the World Bank and DFID sponsored community and Artisanal Small-Scale Mining (ACSM),” Dr. Marcus told the gathering.
By Times Reporter