The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has engaged a contractor to help ensure the operational readiness of the Prestea Sankofa Gold Limited, Vice President Alhaji Dr Muhammudu Bawamia has informed the Divisional Chief of Prestea-Himan.
The Vice President also announced that salary arrears of up to September this year has been computed and will be worked on in the coming weeks.
The Prestea Sankofa Gold Limited is one of the mass employers in the Prestea Huni Valley Municipality of the Western Region.
The company has over the years been in financial distress and has not been operating at its optimal level.
The Divisional Chief of Prestea Himan, Nana Ntaboah Prah IV, has been advocating for capital injection to enable the company operate fully to safeguard the employment it offers residents in the area.
Addressing a durbar at Prestea, Alhaji Dr Muhammudu Bawamia assured the Chief and his people that government has not relented on its efforts in offering the necessary financial assistance to help the company become operational.
“… You told me that Prestea Sankofa Gold Limited is not operational and we should work at reviving it. We have had series of meetings with GNPC. I was informed last night that they have gone far with preparations to make the company operational again.”
Dr Bawumia further said “what makes me excited is that, I was told that they are working assiduously so that they will be able to pour first gold out of Prestea Sankofa Gold Limited before the close of this year”.
Member of Parliament for Prestea Huni Valley Barbara Oteng Gyasi urged the constituents to vote and retain the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in power for it to continue with its unbridled development that will change the fortunes of the country.
“We are currently constructing a district hospital at Bogoso. The Prestea Government Hospital has not been abandoned. It is currently undergoing expansion works. We are putting up a new and bigger OPD. From my own resources, I’m putting up a new wing for children. We are also given equal attention to other sectors all aimed at improving the lives of the people of Prestea Huni Valley.”
She also revealed that a total of 444 graduates have benefitted from the government’s Nation Builder’s Corps (NABCO) programme in the constituency.
Nana Ntaboah Prah IV pleaded with government to rehabilitate the Prestea Bondaye road while asking that the contractor on the Bogoso to Prestea road is made to expedite work.
“Along the Prestea Bondaye road lies large tracts of cocoa farms. Farmers go through difficulties in carting their cocoa. Residents, especially pregnant women, are also not spared. We will appreciate it so much if a contractor is sent on that road.”
He also requested for a Nursing Training School and an upgrade of the Prestea Government Hospital.
By Eric Yaw Adjei|3news.com|Ghana