A four million dollar airport built by AngloGold Ashanti at Obuasi has been?inaugurated.?The airport, a refurbished old airstrip promises to open up a new chapter in the socio- economic development of the Adansi area and the country as a whole.
Doing the launching, Alhaji Dauda Minister for Transport said that aviation, apart from being a mode of transportation for ?the elite group, was crucial for sustainable development of trade and tourism.
According to him, it is vital that airport infrastructure grows in anticipation of the escalating needs of the air transport industry, considering that sector as capital ? intensive.
He commended AngloGold Ashanti for the construction and reactivation of the new airport, emphasizing the need for other stakeholders in the mining industry to emulate the example.
Mr. Frederick Attakumah, the Vice President of Sustainability, said that the construction and the inauguration of the airport was to create value for the communities and its stakeholders and to add significantly to the country?s aviation sector.It has a new terminal building with a control tower for flight information service, fencing, fire station, meteorological equipment, aerodrome markings and other essential ground aids to enhance the safety of flights.
He said ?AngloGold Ashanti?s track record clearly reflects our belief that our success and future is inextricably linked to the success of the communities within which we operate?.
He announced that the company would soon launch community trust funds at Obuasi and Induaprem which would be critical vehicles for infrastructure and socio- economic development in the communities.
Okofo Sobin Kan II, Dompoasehene and Acting President of the Adansi Traditional Council who presided over the function called for community support in eradicating illegal mining in the area.