Kwaku Sakyi-Addo has been appointed chairman of an eleven-member board of the Minerals Development Fund.
The members of the board are from the ministries of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Frank A. Paji; Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Constant Gladzah; Lands and Natural Resources, Prof Patrick Agbesinyale; and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Minerals Commission, Mr Martin Ayisi.
The others are the Executive Secretary of the Lands Commission, Mr James Ebenezer Dadson; Administrator od Stool Lands, Maame Ama Edumadze-Acquah; and the CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr Sulemana Koney.
The rest are Nana Osei Kofi Abiri, from the National House of Chiefs; the Lands Minister’s nominee, Ms Wilhelmina Asabea Bampoe.
A yet-to-be-named representative from the Ministry of Finance, completes the 11-member board.
Inaugurating the new board on Monday, September 20, 2021, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor charged the members to provide strategic policy direction for the efficient utilisation of funds.
He urged the board to make judicious use of the MDF for the development of mining communities.
The MDF was set up by the MDF Act, 2016 (Act 912) to provide development projects for mining communities that have been negatively impacted by mining activities
At the inauguration, Mr Jinapor said it was unacceptable that mining communities continue to be deprived of the needed development despite the contribution they make to national development.