The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources responsible for Mining, Mr George Mireku Duker, has charged mining companies to undertake development projects in their host communities to strengthen relations between them.
He said this during a working visit at Akroma Gold Mining Company in the Kwahu West Municipality of the Eastern Region last Friday.
The Deputy Minister spotted several infractions that required immediate attention and directed the management of the company to take immediate steps to address the issues.
The infractions include lack of a changing room, lack of canteen, an unsuitable environment for a large mining company and a fuel pump located in a very dangerous area that needs to be immediately attended to.
He gave the management of the company 90 days to remedy the infractions, stating his readiness to penalize the company if they disobeyed.
Mr Mireku Duker advised the firm to enhance its relationship with the Municipal Assembly, as it is a crucial partner in the administration of mineral rights. He assured the company of the Ministry’s cooperation in resolving concerns of illegal mining in its concession.
The Mines Manager of Akroma Gold Company Limited, Mr Samuel Teye Agyemang, assured the Minister that the issues mentioned would be handled swiftly and reiterated the company’s commitment to contributing to the development of the many communities within its operational area.
Irene Wirekoaa Osei, ISD