The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Newmont Mining Corporation, Gary Goldberg has lauded Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for his commitment towards the development of his people in Asanteman and Ghana as a whole.
Mr Goldberg made the observations when he paid a courtesy call on Asantehene during a recent working visit to Ghana.
The visit to Manhyia was to congratulate the overlord of Asanteman on his 15th anniversary on the Golden Stool, and also to introduce the new Regional Senior Vice President of Newmont Africa Operations, Johan Ferreira to him.
Mr Goldberg said the company had recognized the efforts of Otumfuo’s Charity Foundation, which provides support for the development of his people and the country through education, health, culture, and the environment.
He expressed gratitude to Otumfuo for his support towards the operations of Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine, which falls within his jurisdiction since it commenced operations in 2006.
On behalf of Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd, the Regional Senior Vice President of the company, Mr Ferreira donated GH¢ 30,000 to the Otumfuo Charity Foundation and an additional GH¢ 20, 000 to support the celebration of Otumfuo’s 15th anniversary.
Newmont Ghana also makes annual contributions to the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation to support social development in the Asante Kingdom.
Mr Ferreira commended the Asantehene for instituting initiatives in education, health and other areas to complement the development efforts of the government.
He said sustainable development was key to the country’s success and Otumfuo’s lead in that regard is most commendable.
Mr Ferreira said Newmont’s commitment to sustainable development in its host communities is in line with Otumfuo’s effort and it was therefore proper for the company to support Otumfuo’s Charity Foundation.
The Asantehene, thanked Mr Goldberg and the Newmont delegation for the donation and admonished the company to maintain the cordial working relationship it enjoys with the Ahafo communities and ensure closer collaboration with the traditional authorities to develop the area.
Other members of Newmont Ghana’s delegation that called on the Asantehene included Mr Saarah Mensah, Board Chair of Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation and Mr Kojo Bedu-Addo, Manager, Social Responsibility of Newmont Ghana’s Ahafo Mine, Mr Randy Barnes, Regional Vice President, Sustainability and External Relations, Susan Keefe and Aaron Cohn. GNA