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Residents of communities in and around Nyinahin in the Ashanti Region have expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of plans to mine bauxite in the area.

The elders and the youth say the government has not engaged leaders of the communities in any dialogue to settle on how the mining activity under the $2 billion Synohydro deal will benefit community members.

Research shows that bauxite mining at Nyinahin could last for over 150 to 300 years; and is estimated at $45 billion.

This is significantly longer than at Atewa where, according to research, bauxite can only be mined for 30 years.

But the estimated impact of the bauxite in Nyinahin, along with Awaso, and Tabi Offin, will not be as significantly damaging as mining in a watershed Atewa that provides water for five million Ghanaians.

In an interview with Citi News, a Member of the Nyinahin Elders Association and the Odikro of Yawberema, Nana Boakye Ansah said a discussion of that sort will help secure a better future for the generations in and around Nyinahin.

In June 2017, the government announced that Ghana will establish an integrated aluminium industry by mining and refining its bauxite deposits, particularly in the Nyinahini enclave.

The Ghana Integrated Aluminum Development Corporation, a Public holding company has been established and entrusted with the management and development of bauxite.

Request for proposals to select a mining company and an off-taker for the refined bauxite are yet to be announced.

It is estimated that Ghana’s bauxite deposits in refined form could earn the country an export value of over $350 billion.

The Ankobra river looks life-giving again. The silver flickers on its surface as the sun flashes over the water is back. Severely raped of its beauty by illegal mining in their careless search for gold at all cost, the river turned the colour of the precious mineral  - golden brown.

Its only sign language to communicate its destruction was the depressing change in colour. That silent 260km stretch – same distance from Takoradi to Accra – became lazy-moving, hampered by heavy residue and greedy miners.

Until the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining stepped in. Soldiers and police officers became the PRO of this river. Making a case, albeit militant, the taskforce has clapmed down pollution and collusion between the locals and foreigners to illegally mine there.

Read more: Fishes Return to Ankobra River as Illegal Miners Exit

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