The development plan of AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, for the city of Obuasi, has recorded another groundbreaking feat, as the company commissions and hands over 1.3km Asphalt road in Obuasi. The project which was started in June 2020 costs the company US$1m.
Mr. Asubonteng Eric, the Managing Director of the Obuasi mine, explained that the construction of the road was part of its infrastructural plan under the Social Management Plan, which is to supplement the government’s development plan. The government of Ghana dubbed 2020 as the “Year of Roads” and had constructed roads whilst reconstructing defective ones. The Managing Director affirmed the company’s position to support the government’s quest for infrastructural developments. Hence, consultations were made with the Municipal Office, Urban roads, and other stakeholders, into the construction of the Asphalt road from Kunka Junction to Nyameso Shell filling station.
“The mine does not perceive itself as visitors but part of Obuasi. The mine is affected by things that happen in the city, and is prudent that it (the Mine) gets involved in the development of the city.” He said. “The project is a tip of the iceberg and a shadow of a spree of good things to come” he added.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah and the Adansihemaa, Nana Amoanimaa led the commissioning of the project.
The Ashanti Regional Minister praised the echelons of the Mine for supporting the government’s vision with a standardized asphalted 1.3km road. He reminisced the bane that befell the city of Obuasi upon the temporal shutdown of the mine in 2014, and how the then Presidential flag bearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, pledged the mine’s glorious comeback, should he hold the rein as a President. Becoming a President, he actualized his promises, and with the help of Asantehene Osei Tutu II, AngloGold Ashanti and local Chiefs, the Mine has become fully operational once again.
Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah advised drivers whose cars develop faults on the road to use tolling machines rather than soiling the road with dirty oils.
Drivers who who patronize the Kunka Junction to Nyameso Shell filling station road also spoke to Obuasitoday.com.
“It brings overwhelming joy to see this road, fixed and reconstructed. It was the bane for both drivers and passengers, and the hardship involved in using the road, normally led to fatigue for its users”, Wofa Yaw, a Coca-Cola driver told Obuasitoday.com.
Anokye Evans also admitted the bad shape of the road normally placed their cars at mechanic shops.
“We were at the mercy of mechanics because our vehicles were always maimed every now and then” he said.
Mr. Yaw Brefo, a stalwart Obuasi taxi driver advised an increase of speed rumps because school pupils use the road, whilst appreciating the efforts of AngloGold Ashanti.