The Coordinator for the National Alternative Employment and Livelihood Programme (NAELP), Dr. Louise Carol Serwaa Donkor, has disclosed that her outfit will in June, 2023 host a Mining Corporate Social Responsibility Exposition to afford mining companies the opportunity to showcase their CSR and decades of investment in mining communities and by extension Ghana.
She further detailed that the Mining Expo will be a two-day event which will bring together stakeholders and players in the industry to present to government and nation their current developmental projects and future plans for their catchment communities.
This came to light when Dr. Carol Serwaa Donkor paid a courtesy call on Kibi Goldfields Limited, on Monday, 27th March, 2023 to get their buy-in on collaborating in the creation of local but viable and sustainable businesses within the operational communities of the company.
She was optimistic that this partnership and creation of local businesses will help mitigate the absence of goodwill “give Ghanaians a prove of your relevance else they may never notice the true difference between you and an illegal miners” she asserted.
She assured the team, that when this ideas are accepted, a good assessment of the community will be done to ensure that the businesses being set up are born out of the actual needs the people in the community.
The Cordinator by this extended a formal invitation to the management of Kibi Goldfields Limited to come on board the Expo and make known their good works during their period of operation.
Dr. Donkor also made a passionate appeal for a collaborative and collective approach in reclaiming and rehabilitation of degraded lands within the mining districts in areas outside of the mining concessions.
The Managing Director of Kibi Goldfields Limited, Mr. Kofi Dafo Dartey, warmly welcomed the ideas and proposals of NAELP and assured her of his outfits readiness to partner the agency on any project that will help tell the success and impactful stories of the Kibi Goldfields Limited in more profound manner.
Madam Mariama Amidu, the Health and Safety Manager of the company gave an update of the companies Corporate Social Responsibility projects since 2018 in their operational communities, naming Boreholes, shops, health centers and hostels as examples of projects they have embarked on.
To this effect, Madam Mariama noted that the organisation has set up a Livelihood Empowerment Fund with a liaison committee that vets and selects which projects should be sponsored for the community by the fund.
The team however made an appeal to government to aid them flash out some illegal miners who have surfaced with metal detectors and mining around their concession. They were of the view that these illegal miners are foreigners from Niger, Guinea and other neighbouring countries