Six communities in the catchment area of the Newmont Golden Ridge Limited in the Birim North District are to benefit ‘royalties’ for developmental projects from the Liaison Group (LG).

The communities include Mamanso, Old and New Abirem, Afosu, Ntronang, New Amanfrom, Hweakwae and Adausena.

The Group, a joint body made up of regulatory institutions comprises of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Minerals Commission and the Ghana Water Resources Commission.

Others include the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Forestry Commission and the district assembly.

At a short ceremony to meet with the chiefs and people of the community at Abirem, the leader of the group, Mr Emmanuel Affeh said the group would be visiting all the six communities to ensure that development plans presented by the chiefs and opinion leaders have been agreed and accepted by the community members.

He said the group has already met with the chiefs and opinion leaders of the various communities and has presented their development plans to be executed as compensation for the affected areas hence, their visit.

Mr Affeh said 0.06 per cent of royalties are paid to the government and 50 per cent of that, which is 0.03 per cent extra ‘royalty’ from the mining company, is allocated for developmental projects in the affected mining communities.

Obrempong Kwesi Amoh Kyeretwie I, the Chief of Abirem and the Acting Kotoku Gyaasehene, said the construction of good roads in the community are part of his prioritized development plan for the area.

To promote security in the area, he said accommodation be provided to police and Fire Officers to enable them carry out their duty effectively.

Nana Amoh Kyeretwie I said ensuring quality healthcare delivery to the people is one of his major priorities and pleaded that the group provide a nurses’ quarters for health workers and expand the existing facility of the New Abirem Government Hospital.

Source: GNA/Newsghana.com.gh