President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is pushing for an effective collaboration between government and mining communities in the country that would result in the transformation of mining communities.
“When Government and mining companies collaborate in an intelligent and sustainable manner, more can be done to transform mining communities. I have no doubt that Anglogold, under its current management, will be a constructive partner in this journey,” President Akufo-Addo said.
The president who was speaking at the reopening of the Anglogold Ashanti Mine in Obuasi yesterday, January 22, 2019 said the time has come for Obuasi to reflect the fact that it hosts the richest gold mine in the country, and one of the richest in the world.
Whilst acknowledging that mining companies have, over the last few years, complemented some of the work of government, he was expectant that Anglogold Ashanti will do more this time to help transform Obuasi, and bring it to par with well-developed mining communities in other parts of the world.
On the lifting of the ban on small-scale mining, he indicated that, with a considerable degree of success, Government has been able to streamline and regulate the small-scale mining sector.
“We are determined to ensure responsible mining, and I appeal to you, Nananom, to help Government in securing for future generations a landscape and vegetation on which they can also survive and thrive. I am happy to say that, today, people are fishing again in one of the famous rivers of our country, the Ankobra,” the President said.
As captured in the 2019 budget, he told the Chiefs and residents that the contract for the construction of the Obuasi-Anhwia-Nkwanta road has been awarded to Joshob Construction Limited, who is already on site working.
“Again, Government will soon accept the Assets Relinquishment Plan of Anglogold Ashanti, which will pave the way for the start of the proposed Obuasi Campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,” he added.