Locals Starved Of Gold Cash

The Omanhene of the Jacobu Traditional Area in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region, Nana Fosu Kwadwe Abiri II, has described as unfair the mode for distribution of mineral royalty between the Amansie Central District and the Obuasi Municipality.

In his opinion, the District is the worst-affected by operations of mining and should therefore receive a greater percentage of mineral royalty than other mining communities.

He explained that the operations of AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) over a century have rendered most lands in his traditional area unproductive while water-bodies have also been destroyed.

Added to this are operations of small-scale illegal miners and an influx of Chinese illegal miners — which has created social and environmental problems for residents.