Newmont Ahafo mine affected communities appeal for increase in NaDEF fund


By Dennis Peprah, GNA

Kenyasi Number One (B/A), May 18, GNA – The ten mine-take communities
within the Ahafo project of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL), in the Asutifi
North District of Brong-Ahafo Region have appealed to the mine to increase the
percentage of amount set for its social responsibility programmes.

According to the communities, as the multi-national mining company goes
underground in the area, there was an urgent need for the company to review the
annual funds allocated to the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NaDEF) set
up for community projects.

NaDEF was established in 2008 as a mechanism to manage Newmont Ahafo
mine’s sustainable community development commitment.

The mine has been contributing one dollar per each ounce of gold
produced and one percent of its net profit after tax to the Foundation.

Nana Osei Kofi Abiri, the Paramount Chief of Kenyasi number one, made
the appeal on behalf of the communities when some selected Journalists paid a
courtesy call on him at Kenyasi number one.

Led by some key officials of NaDEF, the newsmen were in the area to
inspect some projects constructed by the Foundation and how those projects were
benefiting the communities.

Nana Abiri indicated that since the fund was established, local
communities had benefited from numerous development projects, but expressed the
worry that the amount was inadequate considering the needs of the people.

Nana Abiri said school enrollment had increase in the area as a result
of increased educational infrastructure and commended NGGL and managers of the
fund, hoping that with the increment the communities would benefit enough

Mrs Elizabeth Opoku-Darko, the Executive Secretary of NaDEF, said so far
monies accumulated in the fund amounted to GHȼ54.2 million, adding that more
than 100 social amenities and infrastructural projects had been constructed in
the communities.

She said scholarships worth GHȼ12.3 million had also been awarded to
more than 8,100 students in second cycle and tertiary institutions, while over
1,500 women and men had benefited from micro credit totaling GHȼ582,000.00 to
expand their economic activities.

Some of the projects the team visited included Information and
Communication Technology Centers (ICT) at the Kodiwohia and T I Ahmadiyya basic
schools, bamboo bike factory, and the College of Nursing at Ntotroso.

At the Kodiwohia Basic school, Mr Seth Gyansah, the ICT master, appealed
for more computers as the 20 computers at the facility were inadequate.

He said the ICT centre had help the students to advance in technology,
and expressed appreciation to NaDEF for the facility.

Mrs Mavis Aboma, the Headmistress of the Obeng Manu Local Presby School
at Kenyasi number one, which has benefited from a six unit classroom block,
said enrolment had increased tremendously and appealed to the government to
extend the school feeding programme to the school.


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