Community members within the enclave of the Newmont Ahafo Mine in the Asutifi North District of Brong-Ahafo Region, have appealed to govern-ment for immediate resettlement.
According to the people of Damso, Ananekrom and K. Wusukrom, their efforts over the years to get Newmont resettle them had not been successful.
“We are compelled to drink from a contaminated water source, contend with incessant air and noise pollution and perennial flooding. The company’s water reservoir is a breeding hub of mosquitoes and harmful reptiles, causing threats to us,” they lamented.
Nana Kofi Boateng, Opinion Leader at Damso, said: “Newmont is insensitive to our plight; it is only committed to maximising revenue with no respect to our human rights.”
The Newmont Ahafo Mine Communications Manager, Agbe-ko Kwame Azumah, in an interview, said “resettlement is the last resort for the company. This only happens when there is clear evidence that the area is needed for mining or there are no suitable measures to mitigate real or perceived impacts”.
He added the final determination of resettlement is made by regulatory agencies such as Minerals Commission and/or the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mr. Azumah further stated that Newmont had no immediate plan to construct another dam around the Damso community.
From Daniel Dzirasah, Damso