Newmont signs Revised CSRA with host Communities
The Newmont Ahafo Mine in the Asutifi North District on Monday signed a Revised Corporate Social Responsibility Agreement (CSRA) with communities within the mine’s operational area in the Ahafo Region.
Date Created : 12/1/2021 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Will Agyapong
The new agreement focuses on employment, foundation and relationship, as the company finalises modalities to begin actual mining at its concessional area in the Ahafo North enclave.
Key members of the Ahafo Social Responsibility Forum, established by the mine in 2006 signed the agreement at a short ceremony held at Ntotroso, a mining town and witnessed by youth leaders drawn from Ntotroso, Kenyasi, Yamfo and Susuanso and other mining communities and representatives of the company.
They include Barimah Twereku Ampem III, the Omanhene of Ntotroso, Nana Osei Kofi Abiri I, the Omanhene of Kenyasi number One, and Nana Ansah Adu Baah II, the Omanhene of Yamfo Traditional, and the President of the Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs.
Others were Oberempong Antwi II, the Omanhene of Susuanso and Odeneho Kwabena Nsiah Ababio, the Omanhene of Kenyasi Number Two.
The forum ensures active community participation in sustainability programmes and social responsibility obligation to host communities and advance sustainable economic development in the mining area.
On other hand, Mr Okyere Ntrama, the General Manager of Ahafo South Mine, Charlotte Tay Sanyo, Senior Manager, Sustainability and External Relations, Ahafo Mines and Adiki Ayitevi, Vice President, Sustainability and External Relations, Newmont Africa initialled for the company.
Other signatories include Godwin Gyimah, Senior Human Resources Manager, Ahafo South Mine and Marfo Oduro-Kwarteng, Social Responsibility Manager, Ahafo North Project.
According to the agreement, the company would increase its local employees from 35 per cent to 42 per cent of the total workforce by 2023 and rise to 53 per cent in the next agreement review.
The ceremony also witnessed the signing of another agreement between the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation (NADeF) set up to facilitate sustainable development in the communities and the mining company.
Earlier, Mr George Yaw Boakye, the Ahafo Regional Minister said the agreement was in the right direction, saying it would facilitate economic growth and development in the mining communities.
Mr Ntrama, explained about 167 people in the area had so far benefited from the company's apprenticeship training programme designed to provide employable skill training among the youth.
Mad Ayitevi, assured the company’s commitment to operate within required international standards to enhance the development of the communities and better the socio-economic livelihoods of the people.
She said Newmont was working assiduously with other social investors to explore viable economic opportunities that would create employment for the locals, saying communities in the Ahafo mine enclave would witness good road infrastructure and modern school buildings.