The blanket of darkness that hanged over the road between Koffekrom to Anyinam, both suburbs of Obuasi has now paved way for a sheath of light, as mining giant AngloGold Ashanti handover a fully installed 1.6km overhead powerlines and streetlights to the Obuasi Municipal Assembly .
The project apart from beautifying the stretch of the Obuasi Gold Street will also enhance security by protecting road users who have been complaining of the nocturnal activities of criminals along the road as a results of the absence of streetlights.
This, however comes as a welcome relief for pedestrians and motorists who ply that stretch of road.
According to the Stakeholders Engagement Superintendent of Anglogold Ashanti, Edmond Oduro Agyei, who spoke with the Media after the handing-over ceremony, the project forms part of the commitment made by AngloGold Ashanti to the people of Obuasi to improve the social infrastructure of Obuasi. Again, he mentioned that the project also forms part of the community safety initiative of AngloGold Ashanti which features prominently in their 10-year Socio-Economic Development Plan.
” We believe that provision of streetlights is a primary responsibility of the Assembly but as corporate citizens, AGA deems it as a shared responsibility to also contribute positively to the well-being of the people of Obuasi “
Fully funded by AngloGold Ashanti at a cost of GH650,000, Mr. Oduro Agyei said the project will help improve the well-being of road users on that stretch. He added that the project though was an initiative of the Obuasi Municipal Assembly, AngloGold Ashanti had to step in to fund it when the request came through from the Assembly for support.
MCE HAILS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AGA AND THE ASSEMBLY
Honorable Elijah Adansi-Bonah, the MCE for Obuasi has hailed the harmonious working relationship that exist between Anglogold Ashanti and the Obuasi Municipal Assembly. He said the healthy relationship between the two institutions has contributed immensely to the development of Obuasi.
“I can say that the Assembly is enjoying unprecedented healthy working relationship with AGA. The current management of AGA has been responsive to the needs and challenges of Obuasi anytime the Assembly petitions them for support”.
Touching on the streetlights, Hon Adansi-Bonah said the Assembly took the initiative to install the streetlights on that stretch but theives came to steal them whenever they are installed.
He added the Assembly had to fall on AngloGold Ashanti for support when it became clear that the Assembly cannot fund the project alone.
The Obuasi MCE revealed that the Assembly has plans to extend streetlights to other parts of the Municipality without Streetlights to enhance security in those areas
Nana Amoabeng Kotoko, Odikro of Anyinam lauded Anglogold Ashanti for their proactiveness in supporting the communities where the Mine operates. He assured that the community will protect the streetlights from unscrupulous people who will attempt to cut the cables.
The overhead powerlines and streetlights was constructed by Ahenfo electricals, a locally based contractor.