Use of skills and modern equipment, key to the development of the mining sector

L-R: Hon. Gatabazi and Dr. Ivan Twagirashema during site visit at New Bugarama Mining Ltd

Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board joined students of mining and geology, University of Rwanda on Monday November 30 to reflect on the contribution skills to the development of the mining sector in Rwanda.

The discussions were part of a series of activities to mark mining week ahead of the International mining day slated on Friday 4, December.

Setting the tone for the event, the opening discussion provided an overview of the mining sector and an understanding of skills and modern equipment as cornerstones of the development of the sector at large.

Under the theme “Contribution of skills and modern equipment in the development of the mining sector” the International Mining Day in Rwanda will be celebrated at Rutongo School of Mining.

This celebration will be coupled with the official launch of the campaign to sensitize mining operators to employ skilled personnel and to use modern equipment to modernize the sector. 

We chose this theme for two reasons: to increase the level of safety and to increase production” Dr. Ivan Twagirashema, the Deputy CEO of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board told a group mining operators on Wednesday  December 2, 2020 during a study tour at New Bugarama Mining, Burera district.

Dr. Ivan explained that New Bugarama Mining was selected as a model company due to its commitment in using skilled personnel and use of modern equipment.  

The governor of Northern province Hon.Gatabazi Jean Marie Vianney who also joined the group during the study tour asked mining operators to give a chance to their children to study acquire skills in mining.

“In the days to come this sector will employ only skilled personnel, people who are able to use skills and modern equipment. So let these people be your children, give them their right to study.”