AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), Obuasi Mine, has donated a heavy-duty waste collection tricycle and other equipment worth $25,000 to support the Keeping Obuasi Clean Campaign.
The Keeping Obuasi Clean Campaign is an initiative of the AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited in partnership with the Municipal Assembly and other institutions to help fight malaria in Obuasi. It is a monthly clean up exercise.
During the presentation, Emmanuel Baidoo, Senior Sustainability Manager, AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine, said the Keeping Obuasi Clean Campaign is evidence that the people of Obuasi love and believe in partnerships. He added that if things continue this way, Obuasi could become the cleanest city in Ghana, an accolade the golden city won some years ago.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Keeping Obuasi Clean Campaign, Nana Owusu Akyaw, the Odikro of Bogobiri thanked the Mine and promised that they will take good care of the equipment and make Obuasi cleaner than it was before.
The campaign is expected to contribute enormously to the success of AGA’s Malaria Control Program in seeing a further decline in malaria cases. It is believed that a healthier environment will produce a healthier and productive population.
Under the Slogan “DI Wo Ho Ni, Yen Pe Fi” the campaign has other institutions and individuals such as Rural Relief Services, Operation Vanguard, Augkad Services, Standard Chartered Bank, GCB bank and Total Filling Station (Bidiem & Antoboase) helping to keep the exercise running. Other partners include Pacific Fuel Station, Mawuli Hotel, Traditional leaders, Religious leaders, Market Queenmothers and Sachet Water Producers Association. The rest are the Obuasi Local Council of Churches, Nation Builders Corp (NABCO), KENZAD Limited and Assemblymen in Obuasi.
AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine recently won the Best Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Project of the Year Award at the 5th Ghana Mining Industry Awards (GMIA) held at the Marriot Hotel, Accra in November.
The award was in recognition of the remarkable impact, scope and sustainability of the flagship AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Programme which has been running for over a decade and has been rolled-out in other parts of the country in partnership with the Global Fund for AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria and with support from UNITAID’s NgenIRS Co-payment Project. Currently implemented in the Upper East and West Regions and the Obuasi Municipality and Obuasi East District, and all 43 Prisons across the country, the AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Programme is estimated to cover 4% of the Ghanaian population.