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PREZ REVEALS BIG PLAN FOR W/R - Gold Refinery at Tarkwa - Fertilizer Plant at Jomoro

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday announced his government’s plan to establish a gold refinery in the Tarkwa-Nsuem Municipality to service the mining industry in the area.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday announced his government’s plan to establish a gold refinery in the Tarkwa-Nsuem Municipality to service the mining industry in the area.

 

The president, who disclosed this at a durbar in Tarkwa, said this formed part of measures to streamline small scale mining activities in the municipality.

He also revealed during an interaction with the Chiefs and people of Half Assini, in Jomoro, that his government, through the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation and the Ghana National Gas Company, would soon establish a fertilizer plant at Jomoro, also in the Western Region.

He noted that small scale mining is meant for the indigenes and not foreigners and as such government would ensure that Ghanaians benefit from regularized small scale mining.

To this end, President Nana Akufo-Addo has outlined his government’s proposal for strengthening the small scale mining industry through the Multilateral Integrated Mining Project.

The MMIP, according the president, will be the first holistic approach in combating illegal mining in Ghana, reduce illegal small scale mining (galamsey) to the barest minimum and find alternative livelihoods for those involved.

The President stressed that contrary to widespread notion that his government detests mining and is fighting tooth and nail to ban it, the crusade is against galamsey which destroys the environment and water bodies.

“Our lands, water bodies and forests are also part of our heritage. I swore an oath before the Almighty and before Ghanaians to govern in accordance with the rule of law, and also to protect the territorial integrity of our nation. I am mandated by the laws of the land to protect our lands and water bodies,” he said.

The President continued, “Mining in Ghana, from the times of our ancestors, have been undertaken without it destroying our water bodies and lands. The Birim, Densu, rivers we used to drink from as children, have now been polluted as a result of galamsey. I, as President of the Republic, will not watch unconcerned whilst a few people destroy our lands and water bodies”.

He noted that mining plays an important role in the economy and there is absolutely no way that it would be banned under his government.

“Mining is part of our heritage. It is not under an Akufo-Addo government that mining is going to be abolished. I can never abolish mining. Those saying I am trying to abolish mining are just doing propaganda. Mining is an integral part of our country’s heritage,” he said.

President Nana Akufo-Addo also spoke of plans to revamp the Bonsa Tyre and Aboso glass factories in the municipality and the Prestea –Huni Valley districts respectively to create jobs for the people and added that his government had plans to invest in the University of Mines and Technology.

President Akufo-Addo, therefore, urged Ghanaians not to act as front-men for foreigners in activities solely reserved for Ghanaians, adding that “let us abide by our laws.”

At Half Assini, the president said the proposed fertilizer plant is also in fulfillment of a 2016 manifesto pledge of the NPP to “tap into our gas and petroleum resources, to produce locally fertilizers for the industry to improve agricultural yield and save foreign exchange.”

With Jomoro set to be upgraded from a district to a municipality in September, President Nana Akufo-Addo noted that the inability of the Jomoro Assembly to approve a District Chief Executive on three separate occasions may hamper this development.

“I am appealing to you. Help me by approving the new nominee I am proposing as DCE for Jomoro. I can assure you that this nominee is resourceful, hardworking and can do the job. We cannot have a Municipality which does not even have a DCE,” the President said.

On the prudent use of the country’s oil revenues, he indicated that his government had resolved to ensure that oil revenues do not find their way into the pockets of a few persons, but go towards the development of the country’s education.

It is for this reason that a flagship programme of his government, the Free SHS policy, President Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated, would commence in September 2017, which would ensure that parents no longer bear the financial burden of taking their children to senior high school.

“I have been bastardized by several persons who claim the Free SHS policy is a misplaced priority, a lie, and cannot be done. The Free SHS policy, I wish to assure them, will start from September. The first students in the history of our country who are going to benefit from the Free SHS will be doing so as from September this year,” he said.

Touching on the dwindling fortunes of the cocoa sector, President Akufo-Addo noted that the policies and programmes instituted by former President John Agyekum Kufuor ensured that the cocoa production hit 1 million tonnes in 2010/2011.

However, cocoa production has since declined, with the 2015/2016 crop season recording a production of 778,000 metric tonnes.

“My government is going to increase cocoa production again to 1 million tonnes, and move it to 1.5 million tonnes in the course of my mandate. We will also ensure that cocoa farmers gain their pride of place in our society. We will make the cultivation of cocoa a source of gainful employment once again,” he said.

With his government having been saddled with huge debts, President Akufo-Addo told the Chiefs and people of Jomoro that he remained unfazed and would put in place the necessary measures to ensure improvement of the living conditions of the people, which include the construction of the town roads at Elubo and Half Assini.

Later in the day, President Nana Akufo-Addo visited the Atuabo Gas Plant to familiarize himself with the operations of the company.

 

 

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