From Kwesi Alfred Adams
The Board Chairman of the Minerals Commission, Mr. Sampson Kwaku Boafo, has underscored the need for mining companies to commit resources to developing their host communities.
He said the era where host communities of mining companies were left in a deteriorating state should be a thing of the past.
Likening how Johannesburg in South Africa has been developed in the name of mining, same he said could not be said of Ghana.
To that end, he argued that we have reached a stage where mining companies needed to commit resources and prioritise the development of their host communities.
Speaking to the management of Adamus Resources Limited at Nkroful in the Western Region after a tour of the mining sites, the Minerals Commission Board Chairman particularly bemoaned the deplorable state of the road leading to the mining site.
He said the main Nkroful road leading to the mining site was in a bad shape, and as a road leading to the mining site, the mining company needed to factor it and put the road in good shape.
“I have realised that roads within the mining sites are all in good shape. However, the main road leading to the mining site is in a poor state. Why should this be so?” Mr. Boafo asked.
He, therefore, urged the management of the mining company to do well to prioritise the development of it host communities, particularly in the area of roads.
“You are all Ghanaians managing this firm, and, therefore, you should consider prioritising the development of the community.”
Mr. Boafo, however, commended Adamus Resources for discharging its corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the areas of education, health and sanitation.
Continuing, Mr. Boafo said the time had come for the country to benefit from gold mining, because, after years of gold mining, the country had little to show in the area of development.
He said, as a country with a commanding lead in the area of gold production, it did not have the evidence to show, particularly, in the area of development.
“We (Ghana) are now a leading gold producing country in Africa. We have overtaken South Africa, and this should reflect in the development of host communities and the country.” Responding, the Acting General Manager of Adamus Resources (ARL), Mr. Ibrahim Halilu Muhammed, said the mining company was a young one, and would do its possible best to prioritise the development of it host communities.
He said since the company began operations in 2009, it had contributed to the national economy by way of paying a whopping $104 million into the tax bucket.
It had also successfully resettled three communities, namely Nkroful, Salman and Teleku-Bokazo, as part of it resettlement exercise.
He said, the company had reserved a sum of $12 million for the development of its host communities.