Residents of Esaase-Bontefufuo and its environs in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region have cautioned management of Asanko Mining Company to fulfill their promises and commitment to them to ensure peace prevails in the communities by fulfilling their part of the bargain made to them.
The residents on Thursday February 14 clad in red armbands embarked on a massive demonstration against the management of Asanko Mining Company to demand compensation among other demands from the company and put management of the company on their toes.
The angry residents’ claim the management of company has failed to employ the youth in the community despite several promises that majority of the youth in the community will be employed.
According to the residents, operations of the company has led to structural defects of their houses in the communities as many houses have developed cracks while others have collapsed as a result of blasts in the mines.
“The management told us they will resettle houses close to the mines before they will start blasting but they have done 4 blasting while the people have not been resettled. They have destroyed acres of farm lands without compensation to the affected farmers. We won’t allow them to take us for granted. We will fight till we win the fight so they should prepare for war if they want to take us for granted” they disclosed to MyNewsGh.com during the demonstration
The residents also complained about poor road network in the communities revealing that the heavy duty machines of the company have rendered the roads in the unmotorable calling on the company to either meet its promises to them or halt operations.
Management of Asanko Mining Company have declined comment on the matter when reached by MyNewsGh.com promising to respond to the litany of allegations levelled against them at the appropriate time.