Former workers of AngloGold Ashanti (Obuasi Mine) are demanding from government, the immediate release of a Heritage Fund that dates back to 1897 as their benefits, following the collapse of the company in 2014.
They say the Heritage Fund was instituted to benefit the
workforce of the company who would still be in the employ of the company at the
time when it ceases mining operations in Obuasi.
A petition addressed to the Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu sighted by MyNewsGh.com reads in part that, “after the company’s operation were closed in 2014, we the workers started the process of claiming our benefits under the said fund and it got to a point when we had information that the fund been given to government by the company for onward payment to the beneficiaries”.
Following a fruitless meeting with President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House on June 26, 2018, the former AngloGold
Ashanti workers, who put their number around 6500 say, “we are ready to do
what it takes for the whole world to hear about our issue and the fact that the
government, specifically the President, has refused to do what is required for
the money to be paid to us”.
“Honorable, we know that if the workers undertake what
they have decided to do, it will not do any good to the image of your
government; it will rather give your political opponents the ammunitions they
can use against your government in the impending campaign era and we as leaders
of the workers do not want that to happen”, the petitioners added.
The five petitioners, Peter Segbenu, George Ofori, John
Ankobia, Stephen Frimpong and Asare Bediako state that, “we have done a
number of follow-ups and our information is that, all the necessary processes
have been undertaken towards the release of the funds to the beneficiaries but
it is only left with the President to give the greenlight for the said money to
be paid to us; regrettably however, the
President has still not done what is required for the release of the money to
They say the delay in the release of the Heritage Fund has brought unbearable hardships on them, resulting in even the deaths of some of the beneficiaries, while many others are also presently suffering from serious ailments “as a result of the various substances they were exposed to in their work with the company”.
The petition was also copied
to the National Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), the
Ashanti Regional Minister, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, the
Members of Parliament for the Obuasi East and West Constituencies and others.
Source:MyNewsGh.com/Teddy BROWN Onimbede/2019