They cited the construction of classrooms, information and communication technology (ICT) centres, improvement of the road network, health, water and sanitation facilities.

The company had set up a Foundation to support the provision of infrastructure, the education of needy children and skills training for the people.

The communities including Etwebo, Akoti, Kwawkrom, Paboase, Surano, Chirano, Kyereyiase acknowledged that they had each received fair share of development projects and that this had helped to significantly transform the living conditions of the people.

They gave the commendation at a public hearing on the planned construction of a tailings storage facility by the mine held at Akoti.

The people were united in their position that the mine had helped to open up the area and contributed to the improvement of the socio-economic conditions there.

The forum was organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to listen to the concerns of the people about the waste facility, its impact and mitigation measures in case of emergency.

Nana Frimpong Manso, the chief of Paboase, described the company as the single biggest contributor to the development of the area.

Apart from the extension of electricity to the community, the central government and the district assembly, he stated, could not be credited with any project.

The youth, however, complained that they were not being employed by the company and with their farmlands gone, the mine should do more to hire many of them.
Mr. Thomas Nyarko Dankwa, Human Resource and Public Relations Manager of the Company, said the management appreciated the concerns of the youth but said it was not possible to employ everybody in the communities.

Source: GNA/


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