Regional News of Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Newmont Ahafo Mine, in the Asutifi District of the Brong-Ahafo Region has presented 100 computers worth thousands of Ghana cedis to schools, institutions and associations in the Region.
The beneficiaries are the District offices of the Ghana Education Service, Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) and the Ghana Health Service at Kenyasi.
Others are the office of the Regional Lands Commission in Sunyani, Yamfo Anglican Basic school, Brong Ahafo Network of NGOs and the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
A statement signed by Agbeko Azumah, Communication Manager, Ahafo mine and made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, said the presentations formed part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme.
It indicated that recently the company presented additional 10 computers and accessories to the Tano North District office of the Ghana Education Service at Duayaw-Nkwanta in the Brong Ahafo Region.
Mr. Frederick Gardiner of the Information Technology (IT) Department and John Kofi Baidoo, Community Development Coordinator of Newmont Ahafo mine made the presentation on behalf of the mining company.
Mr. Michael La Odame, Tano North District Director of Education, who received the computers, expressed gratitude to Newmont Ahafo for the gesture.
He said the items would improve quality of teaching and learning and reduce paper work which sometimes turned to impede efficiency in their administrative work.
In another development, the mining company marked this year’s World Environment Day celebration with a tree planting exercises at OLA Girls’ Senior High School (SHS) at Kenyasi and the Anglican SHS at Yamfo in the Tano North District of the Region.
Employees at the Environment Department of the company, as well as students and teachers of the SHS planted 200 tree species each comprising wheeping willo, militia, cassia and akyee at their various compounds.
At the Anglican SHS, Mr. Anthony Loh, Environment Manager of Newmont Ahafo Mine, explained that the students were targeted for the program because Newmont considered them as the most valuable resources.
He said Newmont had developed various mechanisms for waste management because indiscriminate disposal of waste had adverse effects on the environment.
Mr. Richard Akwasi Donkor, Headmaster of the school stressed the need for everyone to contribute towards the protection of the environment.
He noted that various human activities such as illegal felling of trees and the pollution of streams, rivers and other water bodies were all contributory factors to the rapid depletion and degradation of the environment.**