Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Obusasi East, Hon Faustina Amissah believes that residents continue to trespass on concessions of Angolgold Ashantiprimarily because the company has done little to offer employment opportunities to the youth.
According to her, suspects, mostly youth of the area, engage in such acts because they are unemployed.
“Sometimes I have to say that the AGA has not done much in employment which is also one of the contributory factors. From my perspective, the AGA has not done much in terms of employment for the indigenes”. Hon Faustina Amissah told Oyerepa FM in an interview monitored by MyNewsGH.com.
She further noted that the government would have wished to help the youth in Community mining. Still, there is no available concession for such activities but insisted that it is not a guarantee for them to engage in illegal acts.
“The fact that we do not have a concession for Community mining doesn’t mean they should endanger their lives,” she cautioned
About 300 persons believed to be illegal miners have been trapped underground at one of the mining sites of the Anglogold Ashanti in Obuasi.
However, in a press statement, AngloGold Ashanti denied the claim that the alleged trapped miners had not been confined and can escape on foot via the mine’s existing ramp.
“Unauthorized persons underground can exit on foot, via the existing ramp, through the main access of this mining area. No person underground has been confined in any way and the main exit ramp from the mine remains open”, the statement added.
“Obuasi Gold Mine’s management team has notified the relevant authorities and public security services and is working closely with them, ” stressed.