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The call came on the back of years of appeal to the government by pressure environmental groups, several civil society organisations and individuals not to mine the forest for bauxite as that would be catastrophic to the nation.

Let’s secure Atewa for posterity

Yesterday, three advocacy groups urged the government to upgrade the Atewa Forest to ensure its long-term security and sustainability, as well as the development of the area.

The multi-million-dollar investment will do a double good by not only giving the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme a fillip but also strengthening the government’s industrialisation agenda and its One district, one factory policy.

Let’s encourage more investments in agriculture

The announcement last Tuesday of an over $5 million investment in agriculture, which will include the establishment of factories at Aveyime in the North Tongu District in the Volta Region, is good news, indeed.

Disputes and wars everywhere are inimical to development and the prolonged conflict between the two main factions that were involved in the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis prevented much needed development in the capital, Yendi, and other areas in the traditional area.

Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II

History was made yesterday when after a 17-year protracted chieftaincy dispute, the people of Dagbon were able to finally ‘outdoor’ Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II as the overlord of the traditional area.

In other places where the mining of gold has gone on for many years, such as Johannesburg, South Africa, no special skills are required for a first timer to notice that the activity has brought about very visible dividends for the people. That, however, is not the case in many communities in Ghana where gold mining has gone on for over a century.

Return of Obuasi Mine must bring better dividends. Image credit - miningdotcom

The reopening of the AngloGold Ashanti Mine is good news, indeed, for several reasons, with the main cause for jubilation being that it will offer jobs to between 2,000 and 2,500 people, in addition to roles that will be required during the construction phase of the mine’s underground project.