Prestea Communicators for Development (PCD), a registered youth pressure group in Prestea in the Western Region, is deeply worried over President Akufo-Addo’s government seeming silence and muteness over the state of Prestea Sankofa Gold Limited, the only state gold-mining company in the country that is now almost collapsed.
The Prestea Sankofa Gold Limited (PSGL) employs close to 300 direct workers and over 500 indirect workers and contractors.
The company for some time now has suffered massive blows due to mismanagement and other factors.
The group alleged that President Nana Akufo-Addo in August, 2016 , on his campaign tour of Prestea was briefed about the situation and he promised the people of Prestea that, when given the nod, he will revive the company.
According to the group, on April 25, thiks year, two deputy ministers of the Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Benito Owusu Bio and Lawyer Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, visited the company and promised to send the information back to the President, but nearly three months from then, no concrete “information with regard to reviving the company had been issued by the government or the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), which the company is affiliated to.
The group added that several communiqués and releases, including going to the head office of Economic and Organized Crime (EOCO) had all been pursued by the Prestea Communicators for Development, yet “we are shocked that officialdom at the presidency or Ministry or (GNPC) have turned blind eye to all the information at their disposal.”
Currently, Prestea is battling with huge unemployment problems, as can be manifested by recent illegal mining accident in the killing of 22 persons at a go.
“PSGL was a hope for the people, and if nothing is done immediately Prestea is going to suffer a lot,” the group noted.
The unfortunate plight of the workers at the moment is a sad one, as many have started dying of hunger, the group noted, saying five just died this year due to various calamities and suffering.
“A lot of the children of these workers have now become school dropouts, and many of the workers have been ejected from their rented houses because they cannot pay,” the group noted with concern.
The group added that bungalows of the company had been disconnected from the national grid (electricity) and the workers could not pay their electricity bills, and they are now not having electricity and workers have so far not been paid for one year month now.
The group also indicated that the company’s clinic had no drugs and workers and their dependents are finding it difficult to access medical care, adding that the Board of (GNPC) had been in office for about two months now.
They appealed to Dr. K.K. Sarpong, now a full Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GNPC, should come out boldly and tell the workers the policy direction for the re-start of the mines.
The group also appealed to Lawyer Mrs. Barbara Oteng–Gyasi, MP for the area and deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, to push the issue to get it addressed.
The group, therefore, appealed to President Nana Akufo-Addo to fulfill his promise to the people of Prestea, as well.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Nsiah Yeboah, Prestea