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Xtra-Gold Mining is polluting our water bodies–Atiwa community

polluted waterResidents of Akyem Kwabeng in the Atiwa District have appealed to Xtra-Gold Mining Company to stop its operations in the area to save water-bodies from further pollution.

Mr. Oteng Agyei, assembly-member for Wintinase, made this statement when he addressed a press conference at Kwabeng in the Atiwa District last week.

“The company has failed to comply with the social responsibility agreement signed with the community in respect to providing them with potable water after contaminating their water bodies.”

Mr. Agyei said the community had agitated about the activities of the company for far too long and the only solution left to them now is to ask them to leave the area.

“In this regard, Xtra-Gold mining is being informed that the Kwabeng community is fed-up with its intransigence and foot-dragging coupled with the scorn and contempt it has subjected the community to, and therefore its operations on Kwabeng soil should cease forthwith,” he said.

Mr. Agyei said the company, through the negligence of one of its drivers, had caused considerable damage to the bridge spanning River Awusu that links Kwabeng to Akyem Akropong and beyond, but had persistently refused calls to rehabilitate It.

He told journalists that the company owed affected farmers in the area GH¢300,000 — of which only GH¢60,000 had been paid.

He said the community will “wage war” against any mining company in the area found to have destroyed their water-bodies and farmlands.

Source:B&FT

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