From Sebastian R. Freiku, Manso-Nkwanta
About 120 residents from Manso Koniase and Manso Nkran, whose houses are reportedly damaged from operations of the mining activities of Asanko Gold Mines, are to be resettled by the mining company.
The decision follows the recommendation of Architectural, Engineering Services Limited (AESL), at the instance of the Manso Nkwanta Traditional Council.
At a meeting of the victims and Asanko Mines at the Manso Nkwanta Traditonal Council office, Nana Bi-Kusi Appiah II, Omanhene of Manso-Nkwanta Traditional Area, indicated that following a report of the concerns of the victims by the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Amansie West, Mr. William Bediako Asante, he invited the AESL to assess the damage to houses of victims and report back the Traditional Council.
The AESL, a practicing professional group of consulting architects, civil, structural, electrical and mechanical engineers, land and quantity surveyors, found out that a total of 58 houses were affected by the operations of the mining company, and that 31 houses were seriously affected, while 19 were slightly affected, with eight not affected at all.
It, therefore, recommended that all the 31 seriously affected houses should be replaced with new houses at different sites, and that the 19 houses which were not seriously affected be repaired.
Nana Bi-Kusi Appiah thanked the District Assembly, Asanko Gold Mines and owners of the affected houses for their mutual understanding in resolving the issue.
He appealed to AESL to consider recommending the replacement of the slightly affected houses with new ones. The DCE said the next stage of the process is the engagement of Valuation Board towards the full implementation process of resettlement.