London Mining sponsors community study tour to Ghana
London Mining on 4 September sponsored eight host mining community stakeholders to attend a week-long community development agreement study tour in Ghana.
In an historic move, London Mining is the first company to commission the educational tour that will draw on best practice and expertise in community investment and resettlement undertaken in Ghana by the hydro-power project, Bui Power Authority and the product group, Rio Tinto Alcan.
According to London Mining’s Community Relations and Resettlement Manager, Desmond Doherty, the tour will focus on social infrastructure in the areas of education, health, water, sanitation and alternative livelihoods including agriculture, small business financing and skills development.
“London Mining is the first company taking this step to develop and negotiate the terms of a community development agreement with host communities since the Sierra Leone Mines and Minerals Act of 2009 was signed into law,” Desmond said. “We are delighted to be sponsoring such a prestigious event,” he added.
The representative of the paramount chief of Marampa, Chief Kapra Muntha, expressed gratitude to the company for the sponsorship and the opportunity to interact with mining communities in Ghana. “It is a great exposure of my people to the processes and procedure in negotiating, designing and implementing a community development agreement,” he said.
The team which is led by London Mining’s Deputy Community Relations Manager, Saticon Conteh, includes Frank Kargbo, youths chairman of Marampa Chiefdom; Housman Kanu, community elder; Madam Ya Bokapr Sankoh, women’s leader; Joseph Komeh, development officer; Chief Kapr Muntha; Michael M. Kamara, secretary-general of landowners association; Mohamed Kamara, Maforki Chiefdom youth leader and Issa Kanu, Thofayim village elder.
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