AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine has commissioned a teacher’s quarters for Abompuniso Basic school and an ultra-modern 300 capacity social centre for residents of Timber Road both in the Tarkwa-Nusaem Municipality of the Western Region.
Part of the social centre, which had an office and washroom would be used as a Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound.
The projects, totalling GHS 1,114, 923 were funded by the AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Community Trust Fund.
Mr Isaac Boakye Aduenin, Acting Managing Director of AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine, speaking at the commissioning, said residents of Timber Road usually held their meetings in a shed housing a mill provided by the Mine that threatened them especially during the raining season.
He said "we are happy that the social center would not only promote good health but development and community participation".
The Mine also decided to construct the two-unit two-bedroom and four-unit one-bedroom semi-detached teacher’s quarters to ease the accommodation challenges in Abompuniso Basic school, Mr Aduenin said.
He stressed that with the facility teachers would now report to school early and academic performance would be improved.
The Acting Managing Director stated that "Beyond what the Mine is doing, we have also established the AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Community Trust Fund, as our main vehicle for community development even after the life of the Mine. The work of the Trust Fund goes a long way to ensure community ownership of our projects and creates avenues for sustainable development".
He said aside the projects, the Mine has rolled out aquaculture, vegetable and rice farms in Teberebie,
In addition, the Acting Managing Director said a piggery project had been established at New Mankessim, while at New Tokunaso they have set up a factory to produce soap, detergent and hand sanitizer, stressing that, all these projects were instituted to address the unemployment rate in their host communities.
He said the Mine has constructed a six-unit classroom block for the University of Mines and Technology, New Tokunaso and Awudua Basic schools which would be commissioned soon."Iduapriem Mine recently won the award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining at the Ghana-West Africa Business Excellence Awards, and Local Content as well as Sustainable Procurement of the year award at the third Africa Procurement and Supply Chain award. We were also crowned the Mining Company of the year at the 6th edition of the Ghana Mining Industry awards" he indicated.Mr Aduenin expressed the Mines appreciation to their host communities, government, […]