The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah has asked illegal miners at Kokoteasua to stop mining at the place and leave. He said their activities could lead to what happened to the Mine sometime ago leading to its closure. He said this when AngloGold Ashanti Ghana, Obuasi Mine collaborated with the Obuasi Municipal Assembly to handover a fully furnished training and rehabilitation center to Persons with Disability in Obuasi and its environs.
The Regional Minister said the activities of the illegal miners at Kokoteasua have made it difficult for the people living there to have access to good drinking water. He again revealed that, apart from the fallen price of gold, illegal miners were part of the reason the mine closed down (in 2014).
“We need to protect the cow that provides the milk… If the Mine goes down again, we wouldn’t be seeing these developments we are getting from them” he said.
“We wouldn’t sit down for the interest of some few people deprive us of the good things the Mine has for the community. They should leave, they should leave, they should leave. I am done with them” he added.
Anglogold Ashanti Ghana, Obuasi Mine collaborated with the Obuasi Municipal Assembly to hand over a fully furnished training and rehabilitation center to Persons with Disability in Obuasi and its environs.
The Training and Rehabilitation center according to the Municipal Chief Executive for Obuasi Honorable Elijah Adansi-Bonah was initiated by the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled with funds from the District Assemblies Common Fund but stalled for lack of funds to complete it. Anglogold Ashanti Ghana, therefore, moved in to facilitate the completion of the project as part of their Social Management Plan.
It is situated at the Kunka industrial area in Obuasi and built at a cost of GH 664,000. It will offer courses in electronic, Information and Communication Technology, leather works, fashion and designing and post disability training and orthopaedics services.
The project will have an administration/workshop block, dormitory block and dining/conference block.
Pan Multiplex Ghana Limited, a local construction firm was the contractors for the project.