Newmont Gold Ghana Limited has said that it would continue to consult, dialogue and collaborate with stakeholders in its Akyem Project at New Abirem, especially the community in which it operates.
This according to the company would serve as a model for other mining companies to emulate.
General Manager in charge of Environment and Social Responsibility, Robin Budden made this known in a speech read for him at an end-of-year soiree for media personnel in Koforidua at the Eastern Region last week.
“We have spent these years working hard to ensure that we can build a mine that has a shared value for all stakeholders,” he said, adding that Newmont would continue to play its part as the gold company of choice to all.
“Newmont believes that our long term success depends on creating value and wealth within our communities and we believe that the maximum benefits will come from empowerment of people to improve their lives, enhanced capacity of social institutions and groups, enhanced ability of people to work together towards a common vision and the creation of other opportunities".
Journalists in the Eastern Region had been occasionally taken to Newmont's Akyem site as a way of becoming equipped with first hand information. This was also expected to help the journalists relay information in a form of education to the people.
The General Manager told journalists that the development of the Akyem project was a shared interest, explaining that the company and all stakeholders would benefit if the project was successful.
Even before the mine starts, the mining company had built a district police station for the people of New Abirem, provided water closet toilets for a number of communities and renovated some dilapidated basic schools in the catchments area as well.
The Principal Communication Officer of the Newmont Akyem Project, Oduro Kwarteng Marfo expressed gratitude to journalists in the Eastern Region for their co-operation and the hope that they would continue to be dedicated partners.
From Thomas Fosu Jnr, Koforidua