Newmont Ghana Asked To Better Livelihood Of People In Operational Areas

Second Lady, Mrs Matilda Amissah-ArthurThe Second Lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has appealed to Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (NGGL) to institute pragmatic social interventions to improve the livelihood of the people in its operational areas.

She said though Newmont was doing well in its corporate social responsibility, there was more room for improvement.

She said this during a presentation of medical equipment worth two million dollars to selected health facilities in the Brong-Ahafo Region at which she was the guest of honour.

The presentation was the brain child of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited and Project CURE, a US-based benevolent healthcare foundation.
The beneficiary health facilities are St Elizabeth Catholic Hospital, Hwidiem; Acherensua Health Facility, Gyedu; Tanoso, Kenyasi and Yamfo Health centres.

The items are dental surgical instruments, dental Xray unit, incubators, suction machines, surgical instrument kit, wheel-chairs, operating tables, oxygen masks and lab supply kits.

The Second Lady used the opportunity to thank the chiefs and people of Acherensua for  honouring her.
The General Manager, Environment and Social Responsibility of Newmont Ahafo Mine, Paul Sowley, said the five beneficiary facilities were selected during a needs assessment conducted by the Project CURE team early this year.

He explained that the first batch of the consignment presented at the occasion was for the Acherensua health facility and Tanoso Health Centre , while the second batch yet to arrive in the country in a couple of weeks, would go to the other health facilities.
Mr. Sowley said the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation accrued 17 million dollars which was being used for various sustainable development projects for 10 communities in the area.

He said over 3,000 young men and women in tertiary institutions were benefiting from the foundation’s scholarship scheme.
Mrs. Catherine Andoh, acting District Director of Health Services, appealed for the renovation of the Out-Patient Department of the Acherensua Health Facility pointing out that the roofs leaked profusely whenever it rained.

Nana Agyewodin Adu Gyamfi Ampim, the Acherensuamahene, called on Newmont Ahafo Mines to extend its development programme to other deprived communities, explaining that the negative effect of mining in the area went beyond Newmont’s operational area.  From Daniel Dzirasah, Acherensua   

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