Stay away from the AngloGold Ashanti concession – illegal miners be warned
Mr. Elijah Adansi-Bonah, the Municipal Managing Director of Obuasi, has issued a warning to illegal miners operating on AngloGold Ashanti’s concession, Obuasi Mine, to immediately cease such activities.
The MCE gave the directive during an interaction with the media on the sidelines of a General Assembly meeting in Obuasi.
It should be recalled that some illegal miners were caught in a viral video on the run with their loot after invading AngloGold Ashanti underground sites in Obuasi.
Again, around 30 illegal miners were recently arrested by soldiers while allegedly mining a concession belonging to AngloGold Ashanti.
Mr. Adansi-Bonah said the phenomenon was concerning and a source of national concern given the importance of AngloGold Ashanti to the socio-economic development of Ghana.
“This is a sensitive issue. It is not about AngloGold Ashanti or the Obuasi Municipal Assembly. These activities of illegal miners on the AngloGold Ashanti concessions were one of the reasons the company nearly closed around 2014/2015,” he noted.
He said the company had contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of Obuasi since 2019 when the company resumed operations, saying any intrusion into the company’s concessions would undermine the government’s efforts to revive the economy. Obuasi mine.
MCE therefore called on the residents of Obuasi to take advantage of the many opportunities presented by AngloGold Ashanti in direct and indirect employment rather than engaging in illegal activities which could lead to the closure of the mine.
Illegal mining in AngloGold’s concessions has been a major challenge to the operations of the company, which has struggled over the years to deal with the threat.
In 2016, the company threatened to leave the country due to the government’s failure to take action to stop the invasion of its concession by illegal miners.
Mr. Eric Asubonteng, managing director of AngloGold Ashanti, told the media that the activities of the illegal miners had compromised the safety of the mine, thus affecting its smooth running.
“Our concessions are not safe and if the activities of illegal miners continue without the government doing anything about it, then we will take notice,” he observed.