From Frederick Danso Abeam, Bekwai-Ash
The Obuasi Diocese of the Methodist Church has expressed its happiness over the news that the AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) Obuasi mine, which suffered a partial closure for some time now, is to resume operations soon.
Speaking at the 21st Annual Diocesan Synod at the Wesley Methodist Chapel at Bekwai at the weekend, Rt. Rev. Hayford Aduse-Poku, the Diocesan Bishop said, “We gladly welcome the news that active mining at the AGA is to resume soon ”.
He noted that the Mine has been the hub of the financial life of the people of Obuasi and its environs, and as a result its closure had affected the entire Obuasi residents negatively.
The Diocesan Bishop was hopeful that the resumption of operation of the Mine will lead to greater employment of the people in Adansi.
“All we can say for now is that the process that will lead to the resumption must be hurried”, he said.
On illegal mining, Bishop Aduse-Poku said steps taken by the government to stamp out the menace are in the right direction.
The Bishop stressed that government’s effort to deal with the elimination of illegal mining should be sustained and hoped that better approach would be found in mining the nation’s gold reserves without destroying the environment.
He also expressed the wish that the economy will improve so that the youth can find profitable jobs to do and thus leave the environment alone.
Rt. Rev. Aduse -Poku commended the Nana Akufo-Addo-led government for the introduction of the Free SHS concept.
“We thank God that this promise has been realized. As a nation, we must admit that such a massive funding programme cannot be undertaken without teething problems”, he said.
He, therefore, called on all and sundry to lend every support to the programme, which he said, has not only brought relief to parents but is going to prepare our young human resource for the development of the nation.
“We pray for God’s blessings on this and similar bold steps that might be undertaken by the government. It is the prayer of this Synod that the Free SHS scheme will be supported by future governments to the relief of the Ghanaian parenthood ”, the Bishop added.
The Diocesan Lay Chairman, Nana Ocran Darkwah on his part said the diocese in partnership with the Obuasi Office of Business Advisory Centre (BAC) for National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) has trained over 200 members in soap making, baking and agriculture business, while over 100 are also undergoing a three-year apprenticeship in dressmaking, hair dressing and auto mechanical works.
The Bekwaimanhene, Nana Osei Kwadwo II who graced the occasion called for prayers and support for the church in its effort to bring improvement into the lives of its members in the diocese.