Nana Kwabena Fosu III, Tufuhene of the Apinto stool cutting sod
AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine in the Western Region has cut a sod to commence the construction of houses and social infrastructure for the relocation of residents of Mankessim community near its Ajopa operations, in the region.
It was done in collaboration with the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly and the chief and people of Mankessim in the municipality.
The resettlement project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2014.
The project is made up of 70 housing units, each with toilet facility and amenities such as potable water and electricity.
Mr Sicelo Ntuli, Managing Director of the Iduapriem Mine, assured the people of the company’s commitment to deliver a world class resettlement site on time.
This, according to him, would help relieve the people of some of the difficult situations that they found themselves in the company’s catchment area.
Mr Addo Kufuor, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of AngloGold Ashanti Ghana, reiterated the fact that mining companies ‘are going through a lot of challenges because of the current low gold price.
‘In spite of the challenges AngloGold Ashanti remains committed to its responsibilities and will endeavor to deliver on them,’ he added.
In his address, Nana Kwabena Fosu III, Tufuhene of the Apinto Stool in the municipality praised the mining company in their various efforts to improve the lives of the people of the Mankessim community.
According to him, on paper, the building designs looked nice and hoped that the designs on paper would be translated into a well-improved and habitable infrastructure that would benefit the people who would occupy them.
Mr K. Thompson, the Municipal Coordinating Director noted that government truly appreciates the contributions of mining companies to the economy, particularly in the area of infrastructural development.
‘The initiatives improve the well-being of citizens, especially those who live in the mining areas,’ he pointed out.
He, therefore, called for peaceful co-existence between mining companies and their host communities, in the municipality.
Nana Kwasi Boah, Odikro of the Mankessim community thanked the company for the prompt action to construct the resettlement site for his people.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi
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