Otumfuo interacting with Newmont Board of Directors and management members

Otumfuo interacting with Newmont Board of Directors and management members

HIS ROYAL Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, on Thursday made a historic visit to the Newmont Ahafo Mine Site at Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo Region as part of a working visit to the mining giant.

The Asantehene, who earlier held a close door meeting with the Newmont Africa Regional Leadership Team and the Newmont Ghana Board of Directors, toured the Processing Plant and the highly restricted Gold Room to witness a gold pouring process.

Later addressing the staff of the company, Otumfuo Osei Tutu expressed his delight in the transformation and the heavy investment being made by Newmont in the area.

He commended Newmont for putting in place measures to ensure the safety of its employees and entreated them to go by the safety guidelines to ensure their safety.

Touching on the galamsey menace, the Asantehene warned the chiefs in the area not to allow it to rare up its ugly head in the Newmont concessions. Otumfour said he would deal drastically with any chief who promoted or indulged in galamsey activities in the Ahafo Mine area.

?Nananom, you don?t have to allow galamsey to come to this place. No matter what, you don?t have to allow it to come to this place,? he warned.

Appreciating the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADeF), which was set up by Newmont in 2008 as a vehicle to manage and implement its sustainable community development commitment to its ten host communities, Otumfour advised the beneficiary chiefs to invest the monies accrued from the Fund into projects that would benefit the people and the future generations.

Otumfuo charged the beneficiary chiefs not to use the money to build huge palaces for their personally benefit.

He suggested to them to use the money to build a modern technical school and a big hospital that would serve the entire ten host communities so that after the concession expired, future generations in the host communities would benefit from it.

Dr Joyce Aryee, Chairperson of the Newmont Ghana Board of Directors, expressed Newmont?s appreciation to the Asante King for coming to the Mine site and showing support and interest in the Ahafo project.

?This support has been evident long before this visit. The Otumfuo has granted audience to management of the company on a number of occasions at his palace and continued to follow the progress of the company,? she said.

According to Dr Aryee, the support of the Asantehene and the chiefs of the company?s host communities is crucial for the success of their business.

She called for the support of Otumfuo and the chiefs in the host communities to assist Newmont in tackling the menace of illegal mining.

?We need a strong social alliance by all stakeholders to arrest this major problem,? she said, adding: ?We will continue to count on the support of our revered King and respected traditional rulers to continue to speak out on the issue, and to galvanise action by all stakeholders to discourage illegal activities.?

Dr Aryee indicated that despite galamsey activities and other challenges faced by the company, Newmont had accomplished a great deal since the inception of its operations and had become an important contributor to the economy of Ghana.

She stated that Newmont was committed to operating in a responsible way by safeguarding the environment, maintaining high safety standards and contributing to the development of the local communities within which the company operated.

The Senior Vice President of Newmont African Region, Dave Schummer, said Newmont was the first mining company in Ghana to develop a local content strategy and had taken a leading role in developing a coherent and sustainable local content strategy for Ghana?s mining industry.

He added that Newmont was committed to performing comprehensive reclamation at any mine it operated and did so to the fullest extent as required by the law and other international standards,  including Ghana?s regulations as well as mandates being governed by the International Finance Corporation.

 FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Kenyasi

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