Gold Fields inaugurated the rehabilitated thirty-three-kilometer Tarkwa-Damang at Damang in Prestea-Huni Valley in Western Region. Gold Fields financed the rehabilitation of the road, including asphalting, at the cost of $27 million.

The three-year project connects Tarkwa-Damang communities including Aboso, Bompieso Amoanda, Huni-Valley, Kyekyewere and Nyame Bekyere.

Executive Vice-President of Gold Fields Mr. Alfred Baku was hopeful that the project would promote significant socio-economic development of the host communities, open more economic opportunities and create jobs and viable ventures along the various routes.

Newly asphalted Tarkwa-Damang Road in Prestea-Huni Valley

Mr. Baku described the the rehabilitation of the Tarkwa-Damang road as historic, noting that the project was a high priority to the Aboso Gold Fields Damang Mines, the Community Consultative Committee and local authorities.

Mr Baku commended the Road Implementation Committee, the Ghana Highway Authority, the consultants and the contractors for the good work they did. He announced that the road was expected to last for the next 20 years and beyond.

Mr. Baku noted that while government alone could not bear the burden of developing host communities, mining companies alone, could also not address all the needs and expectations of the people. He therefore urged government to allocate adequate resources from the mineral royalties to augment the efforts of mining companies.

Western Regional Minister Mr. Kwabena Okyere-Darko-Mensah inaugurated the road and commended Goldfields Ghana Ltd for constructing the Aboso–Damang road as one of the company’s priorities.

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