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Regional Security Council demolishes speculative structures on Adamus Resources concession

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The Western Regional Security Taskforce has demolished speculative structures on the Adamus Resources Limited concession, which was erected by the residents of Telekubokazo and Anhwia, Mr. Paul Evans Aidoo, Western Regional Minister, has said.

He said the Regional Security Council would meet all the stakeholders involved in the land dispute to resolve any pending issue next week, to ensure peace and harmony.

Mr. Aidoo, who made this known at the Western Region’s turn of the Meet-the-Press series in Takoradi, said some residents of the two communities had invaded the safety zone of Adamus Resources Limited, erecting more than 1,000 speculative structures without any occupants with the aim of claiming compensation from the mining company.

The area, which hitherto had no residential facility, was suddenly converted by houses after the mining company demarcated the area  as a buffer zone.

Mr. Aidoo said the region benefited from five out of the 42 newly created districts in the country, namely Bodi, Bia East, Amenfi Central, Mpohor and Suaman districts.

He said the capitals of the newly created districts would not change in spite of complaints from some chiefs.

Mr. Aidoo, who is also the Member of Parliament for Sefwi-Wiawso, stressed that in ensuring transparency and value for money in the use of Government funds, a zonal office of the Public Procurement Authority was opened early this year.

To promote tourism, the Regional Minister indicated that the Regional Coordinating Council in collaboration with the Ghana Tourist Authority  had set up a West Coast Destination Management Organization in four districts along the coast namely Nzema East, Ellembelle, Jomoro and Ahanta West districts.

Mr. Aidoo said an Italian non-governmental organization is collaborating with Destination Management Organization to provide technical assistance and funding for some communities namely Busua, Dixcove, Akwidaa, Cape Three Points, Butre, Princess Town, Miamia and Egyambra to develop tourism facilities.

On youth employment, he said 1,150 youths had been enrolled under the Health Extension module of the National Youth Employment Programme, 174 Community Protection Assistants, 1,531 Community Teaching Assistants, and 1,999 Waste and Sanitation assistants.

Others included 1,345 dressmakers, 33 Prison Service Assistants, 380 hairdressers, 800 youths under the RLG mobile phone repairs and 101 Fire Service Assistants.

Mr Aidoo said under the National Forest Plantation Project, 200 hectares of forest would be cultivated at Juabeso and 794 hectares at Bibiani to reclamation forest reserves.

He said 166 communities had so far been connected to the national grid as of October this year.

Mr Aidoo called on the people to collaborate to develop the region and said “We must therefore speak with one voice to make progress because the transformation of this region is based on collective responsibility of the government, development partners and the good people of the region”.

Source: GNA

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