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Tongraan summons two mining companies to account for their operations

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The Paramount Chief of Talensi Traditional Area, Tongraan Naab Kugbilsong Nanlebegtang, on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024, summoned two mining companies in the area, Earl International and Cardinal Namdini, to provide a comprehensive account of their operations to the people of Talensi.

The paramount chief, in summoning the mining companies to a local council meeting, emphasized the imperative of keeping the community abreast of their activities.

Speaking during the meeting, he articulated that such communication was vital in elucidating how these operations could catalyze development for the people and their communities.

The meeting brought together various stakeholders, including Tindaans, queen mothers, chiefs, the District Chief Executive of the area, and representatives from diverse union groups in the area. It also provided an avenue for the people to pose questions and proffer suggestions, fostering a collaborative environment aimed at collective growth and prosperity.

The representatives from Earl International and Cardinal Namdini provided insights into their respective operations.

Azongo Albert, the Public Relations Officer of Earl International, highlighted the company’s significant contributions to local employment.

He revealed that the company had successfully employed 1000 workers, with an impressive 85% of them hailing from the region, and 65% specifically from the Talensi District.

“Earl International Group Ghana Gold Ltd, while currently mining, is also carrying out huge expansion and construction works. These are reinvestments being made in the company, and when completed, there will be a significant rise in its workforce while providing decent accommodation facilities for its staff at the operations area.”

“On our corporate social responsibilities, four key areas have been identified by the company. These include Health, Water and Sanitation, Education, and Social Support. Significant investments will be made in these areas in the lifetime of the mine,” he added.

The officer also disclosed that in 2022, Earl International had dutifully paid GH¢8,984,978.60 million in royalties to the Ghanaian government, demonstrating their commitment to fulfilling their fiscal obligations.

Maxwell Wooma, the Community and Social Responsibility Superintendent at Cardinal Namdini Mining Ltd, echoed similar sentiments regarding the company’s engagement with the local workforce.

Mr. Wooma disclosed that Cardinal Namdini had employed 1200 individuals, with 51% of them being locals, 38% nationals, and 11% expatriates.

He further outlined the company’s ambitious plans to expand its employment capacity in the near future.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga|Ghana

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