A group called the Ahafo Coalition of Concerned Youth has commended Newmont Goldcorp for the systematic implementation of all the decisions drafted on the white paper to boost development of its catchment area.
The decisions on the white paper came into being when somewhere in 2018, over 1,000 youth from five mining communities (Kenyasi No.1, Kenyasi No.2, Ntotroso, Gyedu and Womahinso) staged a series of protests to show their displeasure at the said gold mining company concerning development that led to the forming of a seven-member committee, headed by the former Brong Ahafo Regional Minister now the Minister for Mines, Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh.
According to the Vice Chairperson for the Coalition, Samuel Amoako, Newmont, in collaboration with the Asutifi North District Assembly, was upgrading the Kenyasi Health Centre to district hospital status to cater for all minor and major health cases in the district.
He revealed that drugs and medical equipment, amounting US$350,000, have been presented to the District Health Directorate so far to boost the health conditions of residents.
Aside these, Newmont Company is constructing a Children’s Ward attached to the district hospital to improve the health care of children.
On roads, Mr. Amoako explained Newmont Company had released US$810,000 for the construction of all town roads by the Local Contractors Union.
He explained that employment of local persons by the mother company, as well as local companies, had increased in compliance with the White Paper.
The Coalition also applauded the District Chief Executive, Anthony Mensah, traditional leaders of the five mining communities in the district, opinion leaders, the former Regional Minister, Ahafo Regional Minister, and executives of Newmont Company for paying attention to the concerns of the youth.