Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Kwaku Asoma Kyeremeh, has called on the management of Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Ltd., (GSBPL), a multinational Canadian gold mining company operating in the Bogoso-Prestea Huni-Valley District of the Western Regional to partner the government to fix the deplorable road network in Bogoso-Prestea, Prestea to Bondaye, Prestea-Himan and other nearby roads in its catchment areas.
This, according to him, will make “the people in these communities appreciate the relevance of the mining company” in their wellbeing.
Mr Kyeremeh made the call when he paid his first visit to GSBPL in Prestea-Huni Valley on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
The minister was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resource in Charge of Mines, who doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi; the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Minerals Commission, Mr Antwi Bosiako, and; the Director of Monitoring and Planning at the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Mathew Ababio.
Addressing officials of GSBPL, Mr Kyeremeh said, “we have done our consultation, and we have seen that, 1KM will cost about $1 million, so government will want to partner you (GSBPL), so that you also assist with the fixing of the road. I believe when it is done, people will appreciate you more.”
Prestea Communicators for Development (PCD) can confirm that the road networks in the catchment areas of GSBPL are in very bad state, and anytime it surfaces, the people of Prestea Huni-Valley become very sad, that, a large scale mining company is taking so much resources from their lands and seems not to care about road networks in communities they operate in.
In fact, the MPs, MCEs and the chiefs receive all sorts of accusations for not ensuring that the mining company helps fix the roads in Prestea and its environs, especially.
Acting Manager of GSBPL, Mr Ahmed Salim Adam, assured the minister that, this time around, “they will help government to put the road in good shape since the cost of spare parts affects the company as well.”
The minister and his deputy however lauded GSBPL for the Oil Palm Plantation, and as stated earlier, said more needed to be done to alleviate poverty in mining communities.
Pix: MrKwaku Asoma Kyeremeh, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources