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Talensi youth draft employment agreement in a bid to foster local development 

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A civil society group, Talensi Mining Communities Initiative has made a significant move aimed at addressing the long-standing concerns of young people in the Talensi community. The group has drafted an employment agreement to be presented to Cardinal Mining Company in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region. 

Activities of the nine-member committee is aligned with the Local Content and Local Participation Regulations 2020 (L.I. 3421), Minerals and Mining Regulations (L.I. 2174 and L.I. 2175) and best practices observed in other mining communities across Ghana.

Talensi District has witnessed decades of mineral extraction activities. Despite the wealth generated from mining, local communities often find themselves grappling with unemployment, environmental degradation, and insufficient community development initiatives. The youth, deeply affected by these issues, have taken the initiative to demand change through a comprehensive employment agreement.

Speaking to the media during a gathering in Namolgo over the weekend, the president of the group, Bismark Zumah explained that the drafted employment agreement was a product of extensive collaboration and consultation with stakeholders, aimed to balance the interests of both the community and Cardinal Mining Company. 

“It includes provisions for local hiring preferences, capacity-building programs, and community development projects. Furthermore, it underscores adherence to environmental regulations and sustainability practices.”

He emphasised that if Cardinal Mining Company accepts the employment agreement, it would mark a turning point for the community’s development trajectory.

“We are not against mining, but we insist that the benefits should be shared fairly among the community members, especially the youth who have been marginalised for far too long. This employment agreement is a testament to our commitment to working hand-in-hand with the mining company for the betterment of our people,” Mr. Zumah declared.

The proposed employment agreement has garnered widespread support from some traditional leaders, women, and the youth in the area. Some even expressed optimism saying that it will uplift their living standards, provide jobs for the youth, and address environmental concerns. 

While the Talensi youth eagerly await Cardinal Mining Company’s response, the mining firm has yet to formally acknowledge their demands. 

The group, residents, and some concerned community members however remained hopeful that the company recognizes the value of their proposal in fostering sustainable mining practices and genuine corporate social responsibility.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Moses Apiah|Ghana

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