Anglogold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine’s Community Trust Fund on Monday commissioned 5 projects aimed at improving the water and sanitation situation in communities around the mine area. Four communities and a senior high school benefited from the fund on Monday.
A 20 seater toilet with ancillary facility was constructed at Apitikooko at a cost of Two hundred and fifty thousand, five hundred and sixty two cedis, twenty five pesewas (GHc250,562.25).
The five projects cost a total of GHc437,687.25. Drilled and mechanized boreholes with concrete structures were constructed at Dadwen, Anyimadukrom, Kwabrafoso and Obuasi Senior High Technical School.
Since the beginning of the year, the Community Trust Fund has successfully undertaken many projects in its catchment areas. 50 students were given educational grant summing up to thirty five thousand Ghana cedis (GHc35,000) and GHc24,600 worth of teaching and learning materials were distributed to 10 pre schools in Obuasi Municipal, Obuasi East and Adansi North districts.
The Municipal chief Executive of Obuasi West, Elijah Adansi Bonnah, thanked the company for the kind gesture but requested that a scholarship scheme be introduced from the fund for science and technical students at the tertiary level in the Municipality.
“The Trust Fund has provided a lot of social amenities since 2012 and we ae happy about it. School fees of some students at the basic and senior high schools have been catered for and that is also a good move but I am pleading for the scholarship to reach science and technical students at the universities and polytechnics. Through that, we could someday get people in the communities who are mining engineers due to the Trust fund”, he said.
Nana Ampofo Bekoe, Sustainability Manager at AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine, said the projects will help solve the erratic water supply at those beneficiary communities.