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To enable the Geological Survey Department function well in the Brong-Ahafo Region, it has been upgraded from the Sunyani Sub-Regional Office under the Ashanti Region into a fully fledged Brong-Ahafo Regional Office. Addressing the gathering at the elevation ceremony, the Director of Geological Survey Department, John Adjei Duodu, was happy that the Brong-Ahafo Region Sub-Office is now expressing the hope that it would be able to serve the Region better. According to Mr. Duodu, Geological Surveys are mandatory in Geological Mapping and exploration of mineral resources in the country to facilitate exploration of all mineral resources to meet the industrial establishment of the country. Mr. Duodu hinted that the Department has planned to expand its activities, which would include the installation of a remote Seismic Station at Bui with a Strong Motion Equipment on the Dam for monitoring of seismic activities in the Area. He said the establishment of the Department has helped the country over the years to discover major mineral deposits and ideal sites for hydro-electric power generation mentioning Akosombo, Kpong, Dui Dam among others as examples. The Director said the Department has information on Geological reports, Geo-scientific memoirs, Bulletins and Archival reports and entreated all sundry who might need such information to them. Mr. Duodu said it also their duty to monitor earthquakes, undertake hydrogeological and geochemical mapping as well as Geophysical investigations in the country. According to Mr. Duodu the Geological Survey Department was established in 1913 at Prestea on the Ankobra Junction in the Western Region by the British Colonial Administration and was later move to Accra in 1958. He said in 1948, the Kumasi Office was established, with Brong-Ahafo as part of the Ashanti Region for geological purpose. Touching on their challenges, Mr. Duodu mentioned lack of Office and residential accommodations, vehicles and equipment and called for assistance. In a speech delivered for the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei, he said the new office will be provided with the necessary equipment, logistics and funds to facilitate its smooth operation. Mr. Adjei commended the National Office for elevating the Sunyani Office to the status of a Regional Office. He challenged the Regional Head and his staff to work hard to justify their new status.  
Source:Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/        
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