Gold Fields Ghana Limited Tarkwa mine, has this year 2019, invested over Ghc23,000 in awarding host communities that participated in the “Cleanest Community Competition” awards programme.
The amount was disclosed by the Gold Fields Regional Manager, Sustainable Development Projects Abdel Razak Yakubu, at the 7th edition of the event at Tarkwa in the Tarkwa Nsuem Municipality of the Western Region.
The thunderous clap, which received the announcement made by Mr. Yakubu, went to show how grateful the host communities were, and are ready to make their areas clean to merit more awards.
Congratulating the various Water and Sanitation Committees (WatSan) from the various communities, Mr. Razak Yakubu said, monies which have been invested over the years in the programme by Gold Fields Ghana Foundation, were part of the company’s plans to use such, to encourage them to take clean environment as their responsibilities.
Mr. Yakubu expressed that, “We are using this to encourage you to continue doing the good work. We know it is not easy with all those kinds of insults. But don’t worry posterity will attest to your hard work.”
He further charged the municipal assemblies under which Gold Fields Ghana operates, Prestea Huni – Valley and Tarkwa Nsuem Municipalities, to adopt the idea and expand it to cover the entire municipalities.
“We don’t want it to only be the responsibility of Gold Fields. We wish the Tarkwa Nsuem Municipal Assembly would adopt this, so it covers the whole municipality and not only the operational areas of Gold Fields”, Mr. Yakubu stated.
The Gyaasehene of Apinto Divisional Area Nana Adarkwa Bediako III, who chaired the programme congratulating the communities said, there were more room for improvement.
He asked the winners to use the sanitation materials handed them by Gold Fields Ghana Foundation, for the right purpose and not for personal benefits.
The Thursday December 19, 2019 programme, saw Tebe community winning the first position among the eight host communities of the Tarkwa mine.
The WatSan "Cleanest Community Competition”, (3C's), seeks to award the cleanest community among Gold Fields Tarkwa mine host communities.
For a community to top the other seven competitors, it must be seen to have improved in its waste management, toilet facility management, water management, revenue management from WatSan facilities and general hygiene.
The winners received wheelbarrows, shovels, brooms, ashbins among others.