Adamus Resources Limited has dismissed recent postings suggesting it has abused the rights of residents in its host districts and prevented them from engaging in community mining.
In a statement on Sunday, the company said it “has legally applied for and obtained concessions to mine and explore for gold in parts of Ellembelle and Nzema East districts in accordance with the Minerals Act 2006 and Mining (Law 703), and its associated Regulations,” actual mining is limited to areas where gold is discovered in economic quantities, approximately 30% of the entire claim.
“To date, the mining areas represent approximately 30% of the total area of the concession. Therefore, regardless of the size of the concession, the mine does not prevent farmers or groups of people from exercising their legitimate rights to pursue their livelihoods in a large part of the leaseholder’s concession ( areas that have yet to be explored or fully compensated)”.
He stressed, however, that he cannot support illegal mining on his concession as it is against the law:
“The mine values the socio-economic, political and cultural rights of the local population, but as a law-abiding corporate citizen, the mine cannot engage in, support or tolerate illegal mining and this has been a cardinal principle in our engagements with our host communities over the past 12 years”.
The mining company further disclosed that it has already released over 100 acres of land for the legal community and small-scale mining and discussions are ongoing with stakeholders for the release of acres of land. additional.
“The article refers to a group of young people suggesting that we have abused their rights and prevented them from engaging in community mining. Nothing could be further from the truth. Recognizing the problem of unemployment in the country and particularly in the Nzema region, apart from those directly employed, we have granted about four small scale concessions through the Minerals Commission.
“These include Nkroful Small Scale Mining Association (25 acres), Nkroful Small Scale Mining Group (25 acres), Akomu Small Scale Mining (50 acres at Nvuma near Asasetre) all in Ellembelle and another in the Apataim area,” the statement explained. .
The statement also clarified the assertion that no community development can be directly tied to Adamus.
Describing her as “misinformed”, the mine said it has spent millions of dollars on community development projects and programs in education, health, water and sanitation, maintenance of public roads, donations and institutional capacity building, insisting that it has partly transformed the community of Nzema. to a greater extent than any other contributor.
“We also donated $7.5 million to the Anwia – Teleku Bokazo trust fund. The Company also pays taxes, levies, fees and royalties to the central government for the development of Ghana. The mine invariably contributes to the Minerals Development Fund (MDF) from which Ellembelle can boast of several MDF-funded projects in educational infrastructure development.
“The income of our employees remains the backbone of the local economy. Undoubtedly, most of this revenue is retained in the local economy. Local government and community actors have testified to this.”
Regarding employment, the statement refuted the claim that the mine has not given people jobs, saying that 57% of its workforce in the Nzema gold operations are drawn from the community of Nzema.
“We are proud to say that some of these 644 of our 1,134 colleagues occupy management and senior management positions within the company. Additionally, Adamus continues to develop human capital through its scholarship program, with the recent cohort of recipients being approximately 280 local students from Salman, Anwia, Nkroful, Kikam, Asanda, Akango, Duale, Akropong, Aluku , etc.
“We are delighted to report that this program produced two first-class students last year and a physician from the Salman community. Again the mine has a local skills development program which has recently trained over 200 people from over 15 communities in many trades such as carpentry, masonry, electrical, computer training, repairs refrigeration, sliding doors, etc.
“In addition to direct employment and the transmission of skills, some residents have obtained contracts for transport, waste management, transport, catering, etc.”
The company said that as a 100% Ghanaian-owned company, “recognized locally and internationally as a good corporate citizen with several safety and corporate social responsibility awards to this effect. We believe in solutions and sustainable development , and we would prefer to live in harmony with all stakeholders.