Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo North Project approved for execution

Newmont Corporation’s Board of Directors has approved advancing the Ahafo North Project into the execution phase. The project exceeds the Company’s required internal rate of return, adding profitable production from the best-unmined gold deposit in West Africa.

“I am pleased to announce the approval of full funding for the Ahafo North Project, expanding our existing footprint in Ghana and adding more than three million ounces of gold production over an initial 13-year mine life,” said Newmont President and CEO, Tom Palmer. “The development of this prolific ore body will leverage our proven operating model and will be supported by our existing world-class Ahafo South operation. The project will be developed and operated in a sustainable and responsible manner to create value for all our stakeholders.”

Located north of Newmont Ghana’s existing Ahafo South operations, the Ahafo North Project will include five open-pit mines and the construction of a stand-alone mill. Production from the mine will average approximately 275,000 to 325,000 gold ounces with projected capital costs estimated to be between $750 to $850 million. Construction is expected to be complete in the second half of 2023.

The project will create approximately 1,800 jobs at the peak of construction with more than 550 permanent roles created once the mine is operational. Newmont will work to create lasting value for host communities through local sourcing and hiring. A key aspect of the Ahafo North project’s workforce planning will be a target to achieve gender parity in the workforce when operations begin.

”This is a great milestone that will enhance the Region’s reputation as one of the most strategic and important assets within the Newmont global portfolio while creating shared value for our workforce, community, and government stakeholders through responsible and sustainable mining,” said the Regional Senior Vice President for Newmont Africa, Francois Hardy. “Our employees and contractors deserve recognition for their hard work as well as our community stakeholders and regulators for their collaboration in making the Region a safe, sustainable, and viable jurisdiction worthy of further investment.

Newmont has conducted extensive regulatory and community engagements, including meeting with traditional leaders, local and regional government agencies and holding public stakeholder engagement meetings. Stakeholders have endorsed the Ahafo North’s infrastructure plans and permits necessary to begin construction have been secured. As the project proceeds, Newmont will continue its robust stakeholder engagement to enhance social acceptance and provide regular updates on the project.

“I look forward to further collaboration as we transition into the next critical phase of the Project which involves stakeholder engagement, resettlement, and negotiations to enable access to land and subsequent commencement of project construction,” Mr. Hardy concluded.

Source: Ghana Web

Fan Milk PLC supports African youth empowerment conference in Ghana

As part of its dedication to supporting the development of African youth, Fan Milk PLC played a significant sponsorship role in this year’s International Youth Diplomacy Conference (IYDC, Accra 2021) from Tuesday, July 20, 2021, to Thursday, July 23, 2021, at the University of Ghana campus in Legon, Accra.

The theme for the conference organized by IFED GLOBAL, a not-for-profit organization that aims at empowering the youth in the areas of Leadership and economic growth and development was, “Galvanizing Youth for a Sustainable development.”

Fan Milk PLC also has a great interest in developing and preparing the youth for the greater benefit and attainment of a successful and progressive future in addition to providing nutritious and healthy food supplements to the youth which help boost their physical strength, emotional wellbeing, and cognitive ability.

Conference organizers in a statement on camera thanked Fan Milk PLC for supporting their initiative with their nutritious products. According to Acheampong Tutu, the Executive President of IIFED GLOBAL, ‘this year’s conference wouldn’t have chalked this level of success without the presence and support of Fan Milk PLC as all delegates and participants were nutritionally and hygienically sustained with healthy food supplements from the beverage company. “

The Attendees of the event were nourished with the 2x CIMG’s award-winning product of the year, SuperYogo, and the newly launched NutriDay which are both specially formulated with Zinc and essential Vitamin fortifications to support the normal functioning of the immune system and also maintain a healthy mind and eyesight.

The International Youth Diplomacy Conference, IYDC is a five (5) – day conference organized annually by IFED GLOBAL in Ghana for the youth across and within Africa. The conference has over the years empowered and developed many youth on the continent and has witnessed lectures, speeches, and discussions from several great personalities within the continent as well.

In 2021, the event was attended by over three 300 youth delegates from various African countries both in-person and virtually. These countries include Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Tanzania, Chad, Somaliland among others. The opening plenary held at the Law Faculty Auditorium of the University of Ghana, Legon also hosted prominent speakers such as Honorable John Ntim Fordjour, Minister for Education and MP for Assin South Constituency, Mr. Bernard Avle, Dr. Kofi Osei-Kusi, Mr. John Affaidzi Appiah, Mrs. Jackie Mpare, Mr. James Etornam Flolu, Mrs. Mavis Leonards and more others from diverse developmental fields.

These personalities imparted highly and extensively unto the youth, the various experiences, knowledge, and skills they have garnered throughout their stages of progress in life and fields of study to their present stage to have helped the youth regain the beauty of their almost shedding skins and set them upon the path of superior progress.

Source: Ghana Web

Abraham Neequaye is the new President of the Ghana Boxing Association

Accra,- Mr. Abraham Kotei Neequaye has been elected the new President of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) for the next four years.

He takes over from Mr. Peter Zwennes who completed his full eight-year term having assumed the mantle back in 2013.

Mr. Kotei Neequaye polled 54 votes at the Congress held on Thursday at the Bukom Boxing Arena to beat off competition from Dr. Henry Mainly Spain former Vice President of the Association who accumulated 46 votes.

He would be assisted by Rabbon Duodo (Vice President), Roger Bannor (2nd Vice President) and Laud Acquaye (Treasurer) who went unopposed in their respective positions.

Members elected as Executive Members include Johnny Gordon, Micheal Neequaye, Lawrence Carl Lokko, and Alhaji Toffiq.

Mr. Patrick Johnson still remains the General Secretary of the Association

Source: Ghana News Agency

Police investigate alleged murder of 34-year-old man

Accra,— Police have commenced investigation into the murder of Stephen Akowuah, a 34-year-old man, who was shot dead at Tantra Hill in Accra on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mrs Effia Tenge, Head of Public Affairs Unit of the Accra Regional Police Command, said the deceased, believed to be a physical instructor, was shot around 0100 hours in his apartment.

She said the Police received a distress call on the day and responded accordingly to where the caller directed them to the deceased’s apartment.

Mrs Tenge said on arrival, the Police were informed that three heavily built men stormed the residence and shot the deceased without any provocation.

They then stormed other rooms to rob other tenants of their mobile phones and various sums of money.

DSP Tenge said a tenant was also hit on the head, injuring him in the process.

She said the injured person was sent to the hospital for medical assistance while the body of the deceased was deposited at the Police Hospital Morgue for preservation and autopsy.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Twelve more coronavirus cases at Olympics – including two athletes

Tokyo, July 22, (dpa/GNA) – A day before the Olympics officially open, organizers reported 12 coronavirus cases linked to the Games.

The organizing committee said in their Thursday update that two athletes staying in the Olympic Village were among those who tested positive. Neither are Japanese.

Organizers said two more people from the Olympic village are affected, but they are not athletes. All four must go into quarantine.

The latest numbers bring the total of positive tests since July 1 to 87.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghanaians want new IGP to restore public trust in Police

Accra,— Ghanaians have called on the Acting Inspector of Police in waiting, Commissioner of Police (COP) Dr George Akuffo Dampare, to restore public trust in the Police.

The call was to the effect that Police personnel had in recent times not been professional in their overall conduct and crowd control activities.

Some citizens claimed that the Ghana Police Service had failed to solve many crimes and for those which were even unraveled, it took them a long time to do so.

In an interview with Ghana News Agency on Thursday, Mr Kwame Badu, a 29-year-old cart pusher, said he was excited about the appointment of Dr Dampareh as the new IGP because of the level of professionalism he had demonstrated over the years.

He recounted that it during Dr Dampare, tenure as the Accra Regional Police Commander, that the fruitful investigation was done on JB Danquah Adu’s murder, leading to the prompt arrest of some suspects.

He expected many top profiled criminal cases yet to be unraveled would be given prompt attention and the perpetrators brought to book immediately.

Madam Kuukua Opare, a 26-year-old Physiotherapist, said the Police had not been consistent with their public updates on criminal cases, as such, citizens sometimes lost track of progress being made.

“There has been a lot of murders, stealing and others crimes that have threatened Ghana’s state of security. Details of some of these incidents are brought to the public light in its initial stages but we don’t continue getting follow ups on the cases. The new IGP should ensure more accountability and transparency in the reportage on criminal cases so that we can understand the situation better,” she added.

Mr Emmanuel Adarkwa, 28-year-old Court clerk, said Police personnel lacked the requisite crime combatting weaponry which made it difficult for them to fight criminals who in recent times operated with sophisticated weapons.

He said the IGP should push for the re-tooling of the Service with modern weapons and enroll Personnel in basic Information Communication Technology (IT) courses to enhance their ability to track criminals and quickly unravel criminal cases.

“Even though it is important that Police are given sophisticated weapons, they should also be kept in check to prevent abuse of the weapons or its misuse. It is quite unfortunate that most people do not fear the Police because they are regarded as weak unlike the Military.

“I suggest that Personnel should be taken through more physical training, specifically hands on combat so that in most cases, even without the use of weapons they can physically overpower criminals,” he added.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 appointed Commissioner of Police (COP) Dr George Akuffo Dampare to serve as Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), effective Sunday, August 1, 2021.

This follows the President’s directive that Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, the current IGP, should embark on leave pending his retirement from active Police Service, on Thursday, October 7, 2021.

Prior to his appointment as IGP, COP Dr Dampare was the Director General in charge of Operations of the Ghana Police Service.

He joined the Service as a Constable and worked his way up the ladder with over three decades of service to the country, rising to the rank of a COP.

Dr Dampare joined the Service 32 years ago without a secondary school education.

In 1991, on completion of his recruit training, Dr. Dampare was adjudged the overall Best Recruit at the National Police Training School and won all awards except the award for the ‘Best Marksman’.

Again in 1996, he emerged the overall Best Cadet for the 32nd Cadet Officers’ Course at the Ghana Police Academy (formerly, Police College) and won all awards, including Excellence in Professional Police Subjects and Excellence in Academic Subjects.

He subsequently rose in ranks after completing various courses to become an ACCA chartered accountant.

The COP also worked as a Research Fellow and lecturer at King’s College, University of London.

The new acting IGP also lectured at the University of Cape-Coast (UCC), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Regent University College and the Data Link University College.

He is also one of the pioneer lecturers at the Business School of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.

He has served as the Director General of Finance, Director General in charge of Welfare, Director General of Information Communication Technology, Commandant of the Police Command and Staff College, Accra Region Police Commander, Director General, Administration, among others.

COP Dr Dampare became a Chartered Accountant at the age of 25 while serving as a Police Constable and currently holds a PhD in Finance.

COP Dampare was a Special Assistant to the Regional Commander, United Nations Mission in Bosnia Herzegovina, Municipal Police Commander, Cape Coast, ADC to the Vice President of Ghana, Accountant/Finance Officer, Ghana Police Service and the Head of Police and Narcotics Desk at the Ministry of Interior.

He is married and has six children.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Maj. Mahama: Independent witness not present when statement was taken

Accra,– Mr Bernard Asamoah, an accused person among the 14 alleged murders of Major Maxwell Mahama, has opened his defence in a mini trial.

He told the Court in his evidence that the investigator, one Samuel Agyarkwa, never introduced Madam Vida Danquah, the supposed independent witness to him before his statement was written.

Mr Asamoah said it was after the statement was written and done that Madam Danquah appeared and even that, he saw her outside when the investigator handed over the statement to her to read and sign.

The mini trial came about as a result of objections from the Defence Counsel to the tendering of some caution and charge statements taken from the accused persons.

“My statement had been taken before the independent witness was introduced to me,” he added.

He said after the initial introduction, Madam Danquah apologized for coming in late and said she was busy, so “l disagree with the notion that, she was present and was introduced to me when the statement was taken.”

The accused person, who spoke in Twi and had it translated into English, said he never gave two statements to the Police.

In a cross-examination led by Madam Frances Mullen Asare, the Chief State Attorney, asked the accused person how old he was when he gave the second statement to the Police Mr Asamoah replied he was 21 years.

The prosecution disagreed with the accused person’s age, saying he was 22 years old, when the second statement was taken from him, so he could not be 21-year-old now but Mr Asamoah also disagreed with her.

“l am 21 years,” the accused person added.

Asked, whether he was reminded of his legal rights to a counsel before he gave his statement, the accused person answered in the affirmative and person said he had a counsel but the investigator commented that, he that had murdered a Military man even has a lawyer.

The 14 persons are standing trial at an Accra High Court over the killing of Major Mahama, who was an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion, at Burma Camp.

The late Major was on duty at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region when on May 29, 2017 some residents allegedly mistook him for an armed robber and lynched him.

The mob had ignored his persistent plea that he was an officer of the Ghana Armed Forces.

The accused are William Baah, the Assembly member of Denkyira-Obuasi, Bernard Asamoah alias Daddy, Kofi Nyame a.k.a Abortion, Akwasi Boah, Kwame Tuffour, Joseph Appiah Kubi, Michael Anim and Bismarck Donkor.

Others are John Bosie, Akwasi Baah, Charles Kwaning, Emmanuel Badu, Bismarck Abanga and Kwadwo Anima.

The trial was adjourned to July 26, 2021 for continuation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Police embark on project to enforce discipline on the road

©Kumasi,– The Police have launched a project seeking to ensure strict adherence to motor traffic rules and regulations in the Ashanti Region.

Dubbed ‘Operation discipline on our roads,’ the project is in line with efforts by the Regional Police Command to minimize road accidents, resulting from indiscipline on the part of drivers, motor riders, pedestrians and passengers alike.

According to the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), the region records on average one death and 14 injuries daily in road accidents.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) David Agyemang Adjem, the acting Ashanti Regional Police Commander, launching the project, bemoaned the high level of disorderliness on the road.

A total of 581 road crashes were reported in Ashanti in the first quarter of this year alone, he said and warned drivers and motor riders to be careful in the discharge of their duties.

The Police Commander indicated that most accidents reported in the region were due to errors either on the part of drivers or motor riders.

“The flagrant disrespect for motor traffic rules is unacceptable,” he said, adding that the authorities were determined to deal ruthlessly with those who fell foul to the law.

On the use of cycle rickshaws (pragia) for commercial purposes, DCOP Agyemang Adjem warned that those means of transport operated under the motor traffic regulations.

Consequently, the users of cycle rickshaws are expected to pay attention to the existing laws binding their operations.

DCOP Agyemang Adjem said the police would be working with the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) and other stakeholders for the successful implementation of the project.

Source: Ghana News Agency