AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine led by its Managing Director, Eric Asubonteng has cut the sod for the construction of a 1.3 km stretch of road and drainage works in Obuasi. The project will cost US$1million.The ceremony was attended by the Obuasi MCE, Hon Elijah Adansi-Bonah, Obuasi East DCE Hon. Faustina Amissah, Dompoase Chief, Okofo Sobin Kan II and the Senior Manager for Sustainability Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo.
“The government has said this (2020) is the year of roads so what we are doing is just complementing what the government is already doing”, Eric Asubonteng, Managing Director of AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine said during the ceremony.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Obuasi, Hon. Elijah Adansi Bonnah revealed that the Mine initially decided to construct the Obuasi central market road but since the government has already completed works on that road, they finally agreed on the Kunka – Bediem road.
“We hope Anglogold Ashanti (in the subsequent years) will include capital intensive projects in their CSR plans to complement what the government is doing to develop Obuasi”, the Obuasi MCE revealed.
The 1.3km asphalt road with drainage works will start from the Kunka traffic light to the Shell filling station at Bediem and it will be completed within two months or less, according to Nato Complex Limited, the construction company working on the road.
In January this year, Obuasitoday.com reported that AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine, has allocated US$500,000 towards the asphalting of 1.3Km of Obuasi township roads. The Mine initially decided to reseal 10km of Obuasi township roads but the assembly said they needed asphalt roads when they were consulted. The amount therefore could only construct 1.3km asphalt roads in the township.
0.8km asphalting was expected to take place at the Obuasi business district, starting from the market road that leads to Jemima Maternity Home. The remaining 0.5km was to take care of the Boete road starting from the Boete bus stop towards the Fire service area.