Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL), operators of the Ahafo Mine in the Asutifi District of the Brong Ahafo Region, has pledged to continue to carry out its social responsibilities in the communities affected by its operations.
The company has also given the assurance that it will be prudent and ensure that its operations are carried out in a manner that will be beneficial to the company and its stakeholders.
Mr Dan Michaelson, General Manager, Environment and Social Responsibility (ESR), made the pledge at a soiree organised by the company for media practitioners in the region over the weekend.
He announced that the company, in the next few weeks, would inaugurate the Newmont Ahafo Secretariat.
The secretariat, he said, would be responsible for the disbursement of money accrued from the community development fund set up under the Ahafo social responsibility programme to support the NGGL’s sustainable development projects in the 10 communities in the Ahafo operational area.
He further disclosed that the company would also focus on expanding the Ahafo South project by developing the Amoma pit project.
The general manager thanked the media for their unbiased coverage of the operations of NGGL over the past five years since it began its operations in the Ahafo area.
Mr Michaelson said one of such extensive coverage by the media was during the signing ceremonies of the Ahafo social responsibilities agreements.
“You told the whole world the story of our historic feat in mining community relations in Ghana. Thanks to you, our social responsibility agreement model continues to be a reference point for many in the area of social responsibility,” he said.
The acting Communication Manager of the NGGL, Mr Agbeko Kwame Azumah, also commended the media for their coverage of the company’s activities and operations over the past years.
He urged the media to do features and analytical stories to educate the public to appreciate the role of mining in the socio-economic development of the country.
Mr Charles Koomson, the Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA), urged media practitioners to be guided by the code of ethics of the association in the discharge of their duties.
“We must ensure that our reportage is educative and informative to let the public also appreciate the positive role mining plays in the socio-economic development of the country,” he added.