By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
About 10 young adults in the country have benefited from a four day-Geo-Information System (GIS) capacity building workshop sponsored and conducted by Putu Iron Ore Mining Company.
The young adults most of whom are already in the employ of the Lands, Mines and Energy Ministry and the Putu Mining Company sat and completed a study in introduction to Micromine course backed by other software’s installations.
All of the ten adults happily received certificates as a sign of official recognition that they have effectively performed while undergoing the capacity building workshop.
After the certification ceremony on Friday, April 4, 2014, at the head offices of the company on the Tubman Boulevard, the INQUIRER met with the Chief Geologist of Putu Iron Ore Company, Mr. Peter Anning to explain the importance of the training exercise.
In his brief comment, Mr. Peter Anning said the training is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility scheme to improve the skills of young Liberian geologists and engineers in the mining sector.
According to him, the introductory course will help to widen the capacity of the young men in order for them to independently perform their duties at various worksites. He disclosed that four of the young adults were selected from Putu while the other six came from the Lands, Mines & Energy Ministry.
“The guys have just completed the introductory course; they have done it internally and it is expected that they will do the practical. They learned basic data importing and we have installed a piece of software with one year subscription for the Lands, Mines Ministry,” Peter said.
Adolphus M.G.D. Gleekia, an engineer by profession who benefited from the training expressed his gratitude to Putu Mining for the opportunity afforded them to gain what he described as “added advantage”.
Adolphus said he was able to learn how to investigate geo-plan, do map creation and reading and information system.
Samuel Wilson, another engineer who benefited from the exercise told the INQUIRER that the 4- days training taught him how to do resource estimates and other basic technological issues to enlighten his mind about operations in the mining sector.
Those who completed the training and received certificates were; Fahnseth B. Mulbah, Jannie Fahnbulleh, Stewart Sherman, Johnson Willabo, and Samuel Wilson. Others include; Forkpa N. Nuvor, Francis Amara, Ben S. Toejaeh, Adolphus Gleekia and Medecy Hessou.