Deputy Minister Engages Newmont, Kenyasi Youth
The Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources has assured the angry youth of Kenyasi No. 2 to remain calm, as government is committed to ensuring that those found culpable in the clash are brought to book.
Mr. George Mireku Duker, who was on a fact-finding mission to the area, after a recent clash between the youth and police officers guarding the Newmont Ahafo South Gold Mine that claimed one life and injured others, assured the locals of government’s resolve to launch a full-scale investigation into the incident and punish those culpable to restore peace in the community.
Accompanied by the District Chief Executive of Asutifi North, Anthony Mensah, the Deputy Lands Minister visited the injured, who were hospitalized, and others discharged at homes.
Later, he addressed the youth of Kenyasi No. 2 to distance themselves from any violence-related activities.
He said that an inspection of the residential area (MKV) of the Ahafo South Mine revealed that a lot of property, such as cars and homes, was vandalized during the clash.
While he bemoaned the incident, the minister assured all parties of government’s commitment to ensure an investigation and bring perpetrators to book.
Mr. Duker, who doubles as Member of Parliament for Tarkwa-Nsueam, urged authorities of Newmont and the youth of Kenyasi to ensure peace prevails at all times, while assuring the former of government’s conscious effort to continue providing an enabling environment for the peaceful thrive of their operations.
The Deputy Minister was also accompanied by Mr. Benjamin Aryee, Special Advisor to the Minister on Mines, and other officials.