Ghacem rewards top projects in Quarry Life Award

Mr Gade (right), handing over the prize award to Master Adusu

Mr Gade (right), handing over the prize award to Master Adusu

Ghacem in collaboration with subsidiary, West Africa Quarry Limited has held a grand event to award best projects for the fourth edition of its Quarry Life Award (QLA) research campaign.


The event, held in Accra last week on the theme: Promoting Biodiversity through Scientific research and community engagement’, assembled scientists, researchers and industry players in science and technology.


At the event, Daniel Adusu, a 27-year-graduate of the University of Energy and Natural Resources with project title: ‘Promoting the use of biochar for mine soil amendment and biodiversity enhancement’ was adjudged overall best project in the research stream whiles Kwame Konadu Yeboah, 24-year-graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with project title: ‘Socio-economic impact assessment of Talbotiellagentii spp. in five communities’ also took overall best position for the community stream.

They took home trophies and cash prize of GH¢27,525.00 each.

Their closest competitors who occupied second positions were: Emily Esenam Bansah (The Statistical Determination of the Best Biological Geotextile for Biodiversity Promotion in Quarries) and Abraham Addo-Ansah Allotey (Promoting community participation for sustainable eco-restoration) for the research stream and community stream respectively. They also took home trophies and cash prize of GH¢13,752.50 each.


In his report, Prof. Erasmus Owusu, a National Jury member observed the 4th edition of the event as a success having scaled down 43 proposals it first received to arrive at the best projects which will be of value to WAQL’s reclamation activities.


Prof. Owusu disclosed the criteria for the evaluation of various projects considered projects with scientific rigour, innovative and creative, local stakeholder involvement, added value for mineral extraction, communicative and of practical recommendation.


Mr Morten Gade, Managing Director of Ghacem recalled the QLA was launched by HeidelbergCement to raise the knowledge of biological value on mining sites and contribute to further enhancing it as a commitment to managing biodiversity during and after extraction.


He was optimistic the competition had demonstrated a lot of academic excellence through research and community engagement.


He commended the researchers for the show of professionalism and enthusiasm to their chosen projects and wished them well in the global competition.


Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Environment, Science and Innovation, who was the guest of honour commended Ghacem/WAQL and HeidelbergCement for using the QLA to encourage researchers to achieve their potential. “Ghacem/WAQL by this initiative has given Ghanaian researchers the opportunity to affect the environment and by extension biodiversity positively”


He further commended the QLA initiative observing it as timely at the time when human activities were destroying the environment.


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