The Ghana Chamber of Mines has donated GH¢100,000 to support relief efforts of the June 3 disaster victims. GH¢80,000 worth of medical supplies was given to the Ministry of Health for onward distribution to the hospitals to aid in the treatment of victims. The 48 Engineers Regiment was later presented with a cheque of GH¢20, 000 to aid the clearing of debris from the floods.
The donation took place at the forecourt of the Ministry of Health on June 17, 2015. Mr. Sulemanu Koney, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber in the company of Mr. Ahmed Nantogmah, Director of Public Affairs and Environment made the donation on behalf of the Chamber.
The June 3 disaster recorded about 150 deaths in a flood resulting from a downpour and an explosion at the Goil Filling station at the Kwame Nkrumah circle in Accra. The disaster left many people displaced and caused mass destruction of property.
The donation comprised contributions made by some member companies of the Chamber namely: Gold Fields Ghana Limited; Newmont Ghana Gold Limited; AngloGold Ashanti Limited; Golden Star Resources; Chirano Gold Mines; Perseus Mining (Ghana) Limited; and Ghana Manganese Company. Ahead of the donation, other member companies of the Chamber had already made various donations to support the activities of the disaster relief fund.
The mining industry is alive to its responsibilities as a corporate citizen and also responsive to the needs of the nation and the relevant host communities. Indeed some producing members of the Chamber have arrangements where they provide medical supplies to health facilities within the districts they operate on an on-going basis.
Dr. Victor Bampoe, Deputy Minister of Health who received the donation on behalf of the Ministry, expressed gratitude to the Chamber and its members for their thoughtfulness and kind gesture. Also present at the ceremony were Col. Dr. Samuel Adjei, Commanding Officer of the 37 Military Hospital, and other officials of the Ministry of Health and the 37 Military Hospital.
Source: Ghana Chamber of Mines