President Akufo-Addo and the chiefs
President Akufo-Addo yesterday dropped hint of the return of mining company, Rangold Resources to the country.
The company pulled out of a deal with Anglogold Ashanti in the year 2015 after the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration refused to endorse the transaction.
At a meeting with the chiefs of Adansi Traditional area where the Obuasi Mine of Aglogold is situated, President Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that “on the Sunday after the election results were declared, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of gold mining company, Rangold Resources, Mark Bristow called me on phone with indications of their intentions to come and revamp the activities and operations of the company in Ghana.”
“I’m confident things will go well for us to develop the country once again because mentioning Ghana without Anglogold it’s almost like saying nothing. So be rest assured that a government has come for Adansiman to regain its lost glory for wealth creation,” he told the chiefs and people of Adansi.
The President could not fathom why in the midst of abundant natural resources, Ghanaians have almost become a pale shadow of themselves.
He promised do everything possible to improve the living conditions of the people.
“I know you are going to support me and my government to succeed to the benefit of all Ghanaians; we didn’t come into government for nothing but to develop the nation of Ghana to take its place on the global stage, we will do our best for this country.”
He thanked the chiefs and people of the area for their support during the 2016 campaign.
“One thing that struck me during the election was when the Edubiase results started coming in because I remember the queen mother of the place promising me of the support of the people of the area and it indeed came to pass. I will therefore use this opportunity to thank the chiefs and people of Adansi for the honour done me and the NPP. It’s no mean an achievement to win all six constituencies in the area,” he said.
The President disclosed that “Ghanaians will soon get to know we did not make empty promises because we have a plan to develop this country.”
On his part, the Chief of Adansi, Opagyakotwere Bonsra Afriyie II, congratulated Nana Akufo-Addo on his assumption of the highest office of the land.
He lauded his tenacity and likened him to onetime America beauty queen Tara Holland.
The Chief of Adansi was accompanied by the chiefs of the area, all six Members of Parliament (MPs) in the area and the Managing Director of Anglogold Ashanti, Eric Asubonteng and some management and staff of the mining company.
He commended the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and President Akufo-Addo for planning to build a factory each in every district of the country.
He said the chiefs and people of Adansi have allocated a land for that purpose.
“We will help whichever private investor would come and establish the factory as our own contribution to the achievement of this dream,” he disclosed.
By Charles Takyi-Boadu, Jubilee House