Adamus Resources Limited has dismissed recent publications suggesting it has been abusing the rights of residents in its host districts and prevented them from engaging in community mining.
In a statement on Sunday, the company said that it “applied and was legally granted concessions to mine and explore for gold in parts of the Ellembelle and Nzema East Districts in line with the Minerals and Mining Act 2006 (Act 703), and its associated Regulations”, actual mining is limited to areas where gold is discovered in economic quantity which is about 30% of the entire concession.
“To date, the mining areas constitute about 30% of the total concession area. Therefore, irrespective of the size of the concession, the mine does not stop farmers or groups of people from exercising their lawful rights to undertake their livelihoods within a large chunk of the lease holder’s concession (areas which are yet to be explored or fully compensated)”.
It, however, stressed that it cannot support illegal mining on its concession since it is against the law:
“The mine values the socio-economic-politico and cultural rights of the local people but as a law-abiding corporate citizen, the mine cannot engage in, support, or condone illegal mining and this has been a cardinal principle in our engagements with our host communities for the last 12 years”.
The mining firm further revealed that it has already released over 100 acres of land for the legal community and small-scale mining and there are ongoing discussions with stakeholders for the release of additional acres of land.
“The article references a youth group suggesting we have been abusing their rights and preventing them from engaging in community mining. Nothing is further from the truth. Mindful of the unemployment problem in the country and particularly in the Nzema area, apart from those directly employed, we granted about four Small Scale Concessions through the Minerals Commission.
“These include the Nkroful Small Scale Mining Association (25acres), the Nkroful Small Scale Mining Group (25acres), the Akomu Small Scale Mining (50acres at Nvuma near Asasetre) all in Ellembelle and one other in the Apataim area,” the statement explained.
The statement also clarified the claim that no community development can be directly linked to Adamus.
Describing it as “misinformed”, the mine said it has spent millions of dollars on community development projects and programmes in education, health, water and sanitation, public road maintenance, donation, and institutional capacity building, insisting it has partly transformed the Nzema community to a larger extent than any other contributor.
“We have also paid $7.5 million to the Anwia – Teleku Bokazo Trust Fund. The Company also pays taxes, levies, duties, and royalty to the Central Government for the development of Ghana. The mine invariably contributes to the Minerals Development Fund (MDF) from which Ellembelle can boast of several MDF funded projects in educational infrastructural development.
“The earnings of our employees remain the backbone of the local economy. Undoubtedly, the bulk of these earnings is retained in the local economy. The stakeholders from the local government and communities have attested to this fact”.
On employment, the statement refuted the claim the mine has not given jobs to the people saying 57% of its workforce at the Nzema Gold Operations are from the Nzema Community.
“We are proud to state that some of these 644 out of our 1134 colleagues hold managerial and senior officers’ positions in the Company. Also, Adamus continues to develop human capital through its scholarship scheme with the recent cohort of beneficiaries being some 280 local students from Salman, Anwia, Nkroful, Kikam, Asanda, Akango, Duale, Akropong, Aluku, etc.
“We are excited to state that this scheme produced two First Class students last year and a medical doctor from the Salman community. Again, the mine has a local skills development programme which has recently trained over 200 locals from more than 15 communities in many trades such as carpentry, masonry, electricals, computer training, refrigeration repairs, sliding doors, etc.
“Apart from direct employment and skills impartation, some of the locals have been given contracts in haulage, waste disposal management, transportation, catering, etc.”
The company said as a wholly Ghanaian owned company, “recognised locally and internationally as a good corporate citizen with several safety and corporate social responsibility awards to that effect. We believe in solutions and sustainable development, and we would prefer to live in harmony with all stakeholders.”