Twenty-three artisans from selected communities in the Obuasi municipality have successfully graduated from a three-year training course at the AngloGold Ashanti Engineering Training Center in the Ashanti Region.
The training, was in line with the company’s value of making communities in which it operates better off for having been there, by providing employable skills to members of the community.
At a ceremony organized in Obuasi to honour the graduands, the Deputy Managing Director of the company’s Obuasi Mine, Mr. Hussein Abugri, indicated that AGA continued to demonstrate commitment to the welfare of its host communities despite the mine’s challenges.
According to him the mine was going through significant changes aimed at transforming its operations into a better one expected to benefit all its key stakeholders.
He mentioned that the changes envisaged on the mine include renewal of underground infrastructure, use of modern technology, safety improvement and training and development of employees to enable them cope with the ongoing changes.
“In view of the complex challenges, weighing down the operation, the Obuasi Mine is undergoing significant strategic changes, aimed at transforming the operation into a lean and low – cost massive gold producer” he stated.
He added that the production of gold at lower costs below the gold price will enable the mine to generate more revenue and more cashflow not only to maintain its operation but also to meet the demands of its stakeholders.,
He called for the support of all stakeholders and urged them to work safely and responsibly to enable the mine’s smooth transformation process.
Mr Abugri advised the graduands to work as a team at the mine as well as use their new skills and experience to help rejuvenate the mine to make Obuasi the safest and leading brand in the country.
On his part, the Senior Manager of Engineering at AGA Obuasi Mine, Mr George Essandoh, also advised the graduands to be innovative using their acquired skills to enhance their communities.
“Make good use of your strength, and be innovative in your work to make a difference,” he entreated them.
The graduands received certificates of competence as they expressed appreciation to AGA for its positive activities aimed at developing the Obuasi community.
PICTURE CAPTION: 23 Artisans in a group picture with some AGA Obuasi Mine Management Team.