This followed a staged demonstration by some irate youths of Ayanfuri last week, calling on the company to release to them a portion of their concession at a place called ‘’Heap Leach’’ for small scale mining.
According to the youth, that portion of the land (heap leach) was not part of the concession of the mining company for which reason they must give it to them for small scale mining.
At a press briefing here, General Manager, Corporate Affairs of the mining company, Edwin Allottey Acquaye, said the company was surprised that the youth chose to demonstrate since it had consistently explained to them that the 133-hectare stretch of land was within the company’s legally acquired concession, and so could not be given out without following due process.
He said “the Heap Leach is within the concession of the mine. The mine concession is an area which has been acquired by the company for its operation and for which the company has paid for. The company have explained this to them that the company has no right legally to release any portion of their concession which they have acquired to anybody for operations”.
According to Mr Acquaye, the company had, on several occasions, since the youths started making the demands two years ago, explained to them that there were legal processes and procedures to follow even if they (the company) wanted to cede an area which it has no longer required for operations.
Mr. Acquaye, noted that various people had invested in the company’s operations due to the size of concession indicated to them ‘and if it turns out that you have ceded part of that land, then it means that you have given them false information’.
He further referred the angry youths and their leaders to the Minerals Commission to confirm the processes and avoid the situation where people would forcibly try to take possession of an area within the company’s concession.
Though, he said that the company was opened to discussions on the matter, Mr. Acquaye entreated the youth of the community, which he said the company had a very good relationship with, to use dialogue and also seek advice from the Minerals Commission on how such things were done.