Minister cuts sod for construction of Gbane Bridge
2012-05-21 21:10:09This article has been read 846 times.The Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Mark Woyongo, has cut the sod for the construction of the Gbane Bridge in the Talensi Nabdam District.
The project is being undertaken by the Shaanxi Manning Company Ghana Limited as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Shaanxi Manning Company Ghana Limited is the mother company of China Gold Ghana Resources Group Company Limited which is providing mining support services to registered small mining groups in the Talensi Nabdam District of the Upper East Region.
The Regional Minister commended the mining company for the complementary role it has been playing not only in the District but in the Region as a whole.
He counted some of the donations made by the company as 114 dual desks and four teachers’ tables to a basic school, a car for the District
Assembly, extension of underground water and creation of jobs for
hundreds of people especially, the youth.
Mr Woyongo noted that the construction of the “Oun Bridge” which is estimated at the cost of 1,000,000 US Dollars, would not only help the people access other parts of the region but would also serve as one of the strongest pillars for socio-economic development of the area.
He said the Company would soon extend Hydro Electricity Power from the Pwalugu Sub-station to the mining site which would be solely financed by it.
“When this project is completed, many communities within the catchment area will be connected to the national grid. Additionally, plans are far advanced for the provision of a number of boreholes in the communities to access potable water”
Mr Woyongo however expressed sadness about the way and manner some people disrupted the programme which was supposed to have come on last week leading to the mining Company losing over 3.5 million US Dollars including injuries to both Chinese and Ghanaians.
“I wish to state that Government is committed to ensuring that such unwanted incidents are never repeated and that the culprits will be
rigorously dealt with according to the laws of the land”, he assured the
He told the people in the area that where there is no peace there would never be development and urged all of them particularly the youth to desist from such acts of indiscipline that have the tendency of driving investors away.
The Regional Minister commended the security agencies and the chief of the area who worked hard last week to bring the situation under control and appealed to them to always maintain that spirit.
Mr Vivian Anafo, the Talensi Nabdam District Chief Executive,stated that although it is the statutory role of the Assembly to bring development to the people, it normally gets help from donor partners and on-Governmental Organisations and commended the company for the support.
The Chief Executive of Shaanxi Manning Company Ghana Limited, Mr. Wei Xing indicated that in 2008, the company entered into agreement with two small local mining groups, the Yenyeya and Pubootaba Mining groups, to provide them mining support services.
He stated that after concluding the agreement, the Company started
exploration and development of the underground shaft in the third quarter of 2009.
According to him, currently, it has expanded its works including the extension of underground roadways, building of modernized new process plant, field preparation operations and Campus renovation, all totaling about 50 million US Dollars.
He noted that though the Company was in its development stages, it viewed corporate social responsibility as one of its major duties which cannot be down played with.