Obuasi: Groups petition Akufo-Addo, Otumfuo over illegal miners’ invasion of Anglogold Ashanti’s concessions


There have been growing concerns on the part of residents of Obuasi and officials of AngloGold Ashanti on the impact of recent invasion of AngloGold Ashanti’s concessions by some illegal miners at Obuasi.

Latest to add their voice to the worrying situation are Obuasi based Pressure group Appianin- Bonsec Fun club and Local Contractors Association.

At a joint press briefing which followed a float through the principal streets of Obuasi to drum home their concerns, the Secretary of the Appianin- Bonsec Fun club appealed to President Akufo-Addo and the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to intervene to bring the activities of these illegal miners threatening the survival of AngloGold Ashanti to a halt.

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He added that the invasion of illegal miners into AGA’s concessions has the potential of collapsing the Mine if not stopped.

It will be recalled that some illegal miners were captured in a viral video running away with their booty after invading underground sites of AngloGold Ashanti at Obuasi.

Again, some 30 illegal miners were recently arrested at Obuasi by soldiers while allegedly mining on a concession belonging to AngloGold Ashanti.

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This prompted the Municipal Chief Executive for Obuasi who is also the Chairman of the Municipal Security Taskforce, Hon Elijah Adansi-Bonah, to speak against the activities of these unscrupulous people.

However, the Appianin- Bonsec Fun club insists what is currently happening mimics events of 2015/2016 when activities of illegal miners resulted in the death of the Communications Director of Anglogold Ashanti, John Owusu, with investors of the company threatening to leave the country.

Reminiscing the state of Obuasi during the shutdown of the Obuasi Mine, the Secretary of the Group said “we are all witnesses to events preceding the redevelopment of the Obuasi Mine when the closure of the Mine partially due to the activities of illegal miners resulted in untold economic hardship in Obuasi and accompanying social vices like armed robbery and prostitution.  We can’t revisit those dark days so we appeal to the President and Otumfuo to intervene to save the Obuasi Mine.”

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The Chairman of the group, Appianin Ennin, in an interview with the media appealed to the government to beef up security at the Obuasi Mine to protect the Mine and save it from further intrusions by illegal miners.

He also called on well-meaning Ghanaians including Members of Parliament to speak against the intrusion of the concessions of AngloGold Ashanti by illegal miners.

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The Secretary of the Obuasi Local Contractors Association, Solomon Acheampong, called on stakeholders at Obuasi to rally behind the operations of AngloGold Ashanti. He said the redevelopment of the Obuasi Mine has brought hope to businesses and residents of Obuasi.

Source : Adomonline 

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