Obuasi Welcomes Military Forward Operating Base to Combat Illegal Mining Threats

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In a move to bolster security and combat the rising threats of illegal mining in Obuasi, the Ghana Armed Forces, in collaboration with AngloGold Ashanti, has initiated the construction of a Military Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Anyankyirem. The sod-cutting ceremony marked the commencement of a pivotal project aimed at safeguarding both the local community and AngloGold Ashanti Mine from the perils posed by unauthorized mining activities.

The Chief of Army Staff of the Ghana Army, Major General Bismark Kwasi Onwona, emphasized the strategic importance of the FOB, stating that it will cover an expansive 73-acre tract of land provided by the Bekwai Traditional Council. The total cost of the project is estimated to be US$6.9 million, funded entirely by AngloGold Ashanti. The ambitious undertaking is slated to unfold in three phases over a 24-month period, with the completion of Phase One anticipated within 8 months.

Major General Onwona highlighted that the Military FOB is not only crucial for the protection of the AngloGold Ashanti Mine but also aligns with the constitutional mandate of the Ghana Army to ensure the overall security of the nation. The facility will feature essential components, including offices, accommodations, a multipurpose hall, and logistics installations, further enhancing the operational capabilities of the Ghana Army in the region.

Hon. Elijah Adansi Bonah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Obuasi, expressed optimism about the positive impact the military presence will bring to the community.

Commending the collaboration, Nana Boakye Yiadom, Bekwai Mawarehene, expressed gratitude to AngloGold Ashanti and the Ghana Armed Forces. He underlined the community’s unwavering support for the military’s efforts to enhance security, recognizing the pivotal role they play in safeguarding the region.

Mr. Wie Frey, Acting Managing Director for AngloGold Ashanti, affirmed the company’s commitment to supporting the Ghana Army and contributing to the security infrastructure of Obuasi. He disclosed that the facility, upon completion, will accommodate up to 350 soldiers, reflecting the scale of the undertaking. AngloGold Ashanti’s significant financial investment underscores the gravity of the security concerns and the determination to address them effectively.

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