As part of broader efforts to boost local economic development and ensure the efficient movement of goods and services in its host communities, Newmont Goldcorp’s Ahafo Mines is set to construct key town roads within its Ahafo South host communities.
Construction of the 4-Kilometre road project is expected to take a maximum of 10 months and will be undertaken by two local contractors from Ahafo – Alexiboam Company Ltd. and Sarfpok Ltd. Beneficiary towns include Ntotroso, Gyedu, Wamahinso, Kenyase 1 and Kenyasi 2.
The company has committed approximately GH¢4.3million for the project, while the two local contractors have also committed to support with any additional resources that may be required to complete the construction.
According to Ahafo Mine’s General Manager, Bernard Wessels, the project aligns with the company’s purpose of improving lives and creating value through sustainable and responsible mining, and is being constructed on the back of a White Paper recommendation by the former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Kwaku Asomah Kyeremeh, to help create more value for the communities. The company has since committed and is working toward fulfilling the recommendations.
On January 26, 2018, the erstwhile Brong Ahafo RCC issued a White Paper based on the recommendations of a 7-member committee set up to investigate a petition by a Coalition made up the youth of Kenyase No. 1, Kenyase No.2, Ntotroso, Gyedu and Wamahinso.
“As a company, we believe that our operations should contribute to the development and wellbeing of our people, demonstrating our Purpose to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining,” he said.
At a ground-breaking ceremony in Ntotroso to commence the road construction project, Ahafo Regional Minister, Evans Opoku Bobbie, commended ongoing collaboration between Newmont Goldcorp, the youth, traditional authorities and the District Assembly, and called for more dialogue in addressing dissenting views among stakeholders.
He implored the youth to desist from resorting to illegal demonstrations and rather enter good-faith dialogue to ensure peaceful co-existence and mutual gains between Newmont Goldcorp and the communities. “Newmont currently has other growth projects in the pipeline, such as the Ahafo north project they want to invest in. I therefore urge the youth, especially, to seek and enter good-faith dialogue whenever there is a misunderstanding between the communities and Newmont.”
The Omanhene of Ntotroso Traditional Area, Barima Twereko Ampem III, chaired the occasion and called for cooperation from all stakeholders to ensure a successful completion of the project. Present at the ceremony were the Member of Parliament for Asutifi North, Hon. Joseph Daha: District Chief Executive of the Area, Mr. Anthony Mensah; traditional leaders, youth groups and senior representatives of Newmont Goldcorp’s Ahafo Mine.
A team of engineers from the Regional Feeder Roads Department, Newmont Goldcorp Ahafo and Asutifi North District Assembly will supervise the road construction project.
In a related development, the Ahafo Mine in April this year cut the sod for construction of a GH¢1.9million doctors’ residence and children’s ward for the proposed Kenyasi Health Centre, as part of broader efforts to upgrade the Kenyasi Health Centre into a District Hospital.