The President, nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has, once again, endeared himself to The Chronicle, and by extension all its numerous readers, having seen to the resuscitation of the AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) Obuasi Mine.
To resurrect a mighty company of the stature of the world-renowned Obuasi Mine, which had been shut down since 2014, it no mean achievement by a President, who inherited a weighty burden of economic mismanagement from the previous administration.
On July 15, 2016, the then presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) visited Obuasi as part of his campaign tour. Overwhelmed by the agony of the reality that the famous Obuasi Gold Mine had been out of operation for nearly three years, he gave a fervent assurance to the people of Obuasi that should he be blessed with victory in the 2016 elections, he would see to the rehabilitation of their goose that laid the golden eggs.
The launch of AngloGold Ashanti’s Obuasi Mine Rehabilitation project last week was in fulfillment of the promise he made during his 2016 presidential electioneering campaign.
This adds to the number of fulfilled camping promises involving the Free Senior High School, “One District, One Factory”, “One Village, One Dam”, restoration of allowances to trainee teachers and nurses, “Planting for Food and Jobs”, creation of new regions, etc., interspersed with numerous innovations.
Recounting the tortuous road to the glory of bringing the project to fruition, President Akufo-Addo indicated that his government had to secure the relevant investment for the project, by providing “a number of fiscal incentives and guaranteeing the stability of the project against changes in the legal environment, especially in the early years of the mine’s operations.”
All is over now. However, The Chronicle takes interest in some specific which President Akufo-Addo dutifully touched on and highly commend him on his positive assurance to the people of Obuasi, when he charged the management of the Obuasi Mine to leave no stone unturned to transform the Obuasi township into a standard comparable to any of the well developed mining communities in other parts of the world.
The paper shares the President’s lamentations over the poor state of Obuasi, and joins him in his call on the authorities to work hard to reverse the trend, since it is high time Obuasi became the richest goldmine community in the country in particular, and the world as a whole.
The Chronicle also cherishes the hope that the transformation of Obuasi into a first class mining community will affect all roads leading to the gold town.
The President deserves a pat on his shoulders for this singular feat.