The Gyasehene of the Apinto Divisional Council, Nana Dr. Adarkwa Bediako II, has criticised the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly (TNMA) for shirking its responsibility in developing the communities, and relying on mining companies.
He said the TNMA must rise up to its responsibility in providing educational, water, sanitation and road needs of the people as enshrined in its charter.
“We cannot leave all the issues of development to the mining companies. What does the assembly do with their revenue, including royalties?” Nana Bediako II said these at the recent Gold Fields Ghana Foundation (GGF) scholarship awards held in Tarkwa.
The chief’s complaints followed a request by the District Education Directorate to Gold Fields for the construction of a new bungalow for the director, as it had been a perennial problem.
Already, the Tarkwa Mine of the company had built an office complex for the education directorate.
The Gyasehene noted that the bungalow for the Municipal Director of Education had been left to deteriorate thereby affecting smooth administration, good supervision and performance of schools and teachers.
Again, he noted that the directorate had no vehicle for supervision and monitoring functions but only relied on mining companies like Gold Fields.
The Gyasehene also said the police barracks and roads in the area were in poor state, adding that the political leadership in the municipality must rise up to the task.
Nana Bediako argued that royalties paid through the assembly must be used to uplift the living standards of the people instead of the over-reliance on the mine for assistance.
Mining companies, the chief said, were supposed to be partners in development and not to take up responsibilities because they mined for gold.
Nana Bediako commended Gold Fields for the good work they were doing for the people in the areas.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Tarkwa