Ghanaians must benefit from your entrees – Duker charges MDF

Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker

The Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker, has tasked the staff and management of the Minerals Development Fund (MDF) to make their impact felt in Ghana, especially in the various mining communities in the country.

He said it is important that Ghanaians benefit from the influx of revenue from the Minerals Development Fund, especially what is detailed at the Minerals Revenue Investment Fund fund.

He pointed out that it is very important that they decentralize revenue inflows for the mining communities to be developed, especially those in Tarkwa, as the town is home to around 60% of Ghana’s gold sill.

“With all this gold, our people would like to see tangible projects that in the future we can say that we have taken them out of the gold product. And if the natives of our country, especially those in the mining communities, are going to be proud of something we can show, a lot will depend on the MDF”

The Deputy Minister said this when he paid a working visit to the Minerals Development Fund office on Friday, January 28, 2022, on behalf of the Sector Minister, Samuel A. Jinapor, to familiarize himself with the staff and the direction and also to ensure their level. operations in the new year.

He said that it is their responsibility to ensure the implementation of various projects in the mining communities of the districts as the MDF was created purposely to develop these mining communities.

“It is your job to oversee tangible projects for Ghanaians to witness and for Ghanaians to benefit,” he said.

Mr Duker also used the platform to urge the various local committees to be aware of the revenue they receive and use it wisely, warning that they are engaging opinion leaders and indigenous people in the communities to ensure that the projects launched are relevant and of the greatest necessity for the people.

He highly commended the staff and management of the Minerals Development Fund for their work so far, commenting that he is impressed with the building and how well organized their set-up is.

Mr. Duker also called on other agencies in the mining sector to work together and contribute their quota equally to the development of mining communities, as they all derive their revenue from the Mineral Revenue Investment Fund.

He advised that they also need to find a way to track and control whether or not donated funds are used for the intended purpose and also track the projects undertaken in the different districts.

The Deputy Minister’s visit is the first of a long series that he will undertake to the various organizations in the ministry’s mining sector.

The Administrator of the Minerals Development Fund (MDF), Dr. Norris Hammah, who welcomed Hon. Deputy Minister, congratulated him for his enormous contribution to the realization of their workspace.

He made a detailed presentation of their mandate and their work plan for the year (2022) while assuring him that all the political directives given will be followed until the latter.

In his presentation, he mentioned some projects that the Fund has undertaken in various districts, which he said include the construction of a community center in Tamso-Tarkwa, a 3-unit classroom block with office and ICT center in Ellembelle Chip Compound in Wassa, has 12 WC toilets in Wamase Akrofuom.

The administrator also revealed that the MDF provided direct funding for the construction of ten (10) infrastructure projects at the campuses of the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Mines and Technology ( UMaT).

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