The Newmont Akyem Development Foundation (NAKDeF) has scaled up the effort to strengthen security in mining communities across the Birim North District.
The Foundation has been working closely with the Ghana Police Service on the establishment of community watch committees to help fight crime.
Mr. Yaw Okyere Ntrama, Interim General Manager of Newmont Golden Ridge Limited, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), that providing adequate security protection for the people and tackling crime was an urgent priority.
He also spoke of steps taken to give the youth employable skills and said nearly 200 had already been trained on plant and equipment maintenance and to operate haul trucks.
Some of the trainees had now been engaged by the mining company.
He indicated that as a responsible corporate citizen, the company attached importance to the welfare and felt needs of the people in areas, where it was operating.
It was for this reason that it had been involved in the construction of development projects including health and social centres.