The Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in charge of Mining, Mr George Mireku Duker has made a passionate appeal to the youth of Kenyasi, as well as the management and staff of Newmont Mining Limited, to bury the hatchet and allow peace to reign.
He stated that both the mining company and the community owe each other a legal obligation and that it is critical that calm be restored to reap the full benefits of the relationship.
In separate meetings with the community and management last Friday, the Deputy Minister urged the two parties to use dialogue to resolve their differences, warning that violence will only result in losses.
He explained that he is on a fact-finding mission to discover the remote and immediate causes of the chaos, and that he will submit his findings to the sector minister, who will forward them to the security agencies for the necessary actions to be taken.
While describing the incident that resulted in the death of one resident as unfortunate, he stated that the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources will work with the community, Newmont, and security agencies to ensure that the offenders are dealt with and that lasting peace is found.
Mr Duker who visited the injured victims of the mayhem, expressed the Sector Minister’s sympathies and hoped that some useful lessons would be drawn from the unfortunate incident.
He urged traditional authorities to rally the youth and counsel them against violence and restraint in their efforts to achieve what they believe is due their community.
“On behalf of the government, I send my sincerest condolence and sympathies to everyone. The Police are investigating the issue and government will collaborate with them. We have visited those in the hospital and I will pass on the needed information to the relevant authorities to ensure that the right things are done.
“I will urge you all to exercise restraint and be in the known that we are not overlooking the issue. Government is keenly following matters and my presence here is to show that we are with you and concerned with all that is going on. Once again, my condolences to the family of the bereaved,” he said.
Mr Duker advised management of Newmont Mining Limited in his engagement to work with security agencies to restore calm and ensure the safety of their employees.
He stated that the government is committed to creating an enabling environment for the company and other licensed mining companies to thrive.
He stated that the company’s management should take steps to establish a harmonious relationship with the traditional authorities to facilitate the company’s smooth operation in the area.
Irene Wirekoaa Osei, ISD