Ahafo regional minister,Hon.George Yaw Boakye has assured Chiefs and residents in the Tano North municipality to have faith in him.
Hon.George Yaw Boakye was unhappy about some rumors that Newmont Ghana Gold has bribed him to back them on some concerns raised by the affected farmers.
But the minister said, Newmont Africa has concluded discussions with the government, traditional authorities and community stakeholders and commenced payment for the removal of over 12,000 speculative unauthorised structures in the $850 million Ahafo North Mining Project.
An Inter-Agency Committee led by the Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources responsible for mining, with the support of officials from the Minerals Commission,
The agreed one-off payments will promote community peace and security of the Ahafo North Project.
We will not tolerate any further development of unauthorized structures which adversely affects company-community relations and discourages mining investment in the country,”
He said that the government was hopeful that the project would commence soon and create significant value, including employment, business opportunities, infrastructure, and socio-economic development as well as increased revenue in taxes, royalties and forex inflows.
Ahafo regional minister disclosed when he visited Adrobaa,Tachire and Duayaw nkwata chiefs as part of his tour in the Tano North municipality.
The Chief of Techire,Nana Yaw Gyebi On his part said, “though the structures were unauthorized, Newmont had agreed to the government’s recommendation to offer a relief payment package in the interest of peaceful co-existence in the area.
Report filed by Joe Pawa