A MAMMOTH demonstration is expected to be held tomorrow at Kenyasi in the Asutifi North district of the Brong-Ahafo Region against the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Eric Addae, over the use of the cyanide spillage compensation money.
The people in Ntotroso, Kenyasi Nos.1 and 2, want the said money, totaling GH¢3.1 million, to be used to build a modern hospital in the area, but the DCE rather wants to use it to upgrade a local market and a lorry park.
This has resulted in a deadlock since Newmont Ghana Gold Ahafo Mine paid the compensation to the district assembly.
‘The demonstration has become necessary because majority of the people in the three communities want the money to be used to construct a hospital, but all efforts to make the DCE succumb to the will of the people have not yielded any fruit,’ said Adusah Yakubu, convener of the youth group.
It will be recalled that Newmont paid a total compensation of GH¢7 million to government in 2011 after it was fined by the Government of Ghana for spilling cyanide into some river bodies at its Ahafo Mine area, causing serious environmental hazard to both humans and aquatic creatures.
The affected communities, made up of Kenyasi Nos.1 and 2 and Ntotroso, had GH¢3.1 million of the amount, representing 45 percent.
However, putting the money into effective ventures had generated a longstanding stalemate between the three communities on one side, and the DCE on the other.
Even though the communities have put in place a special committee which came up with the hospital project, Mr. Eric Addae has objected to it.
He claimed that there was a government White Paper specifying the kind of projects that the sector minister wants the money to be used to finance.
Meanwhile, efforts by DAILY GUIDE to get Mr. Addae for his side of the story proved futile.
FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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