Mining firm hand over transformers, borewells, 5.5km road to Kaduna community
As part of its corporate social responsibility, the African Natural Resources and Mining Limited (ANRML) has handed over two transformers, 3 drilled boreholes and 5.5km rehabilitated road to Gujeni Community in Kagarko council area of Kaduna State
The Gujeni Integrated Iron Ore, Mining and Processing Plants handed over a completed 5.5km rural road with concrete culverts connecting the community to the express road, electricity line with 140 concrete poles and two transformers (500 and 200KVA) also 4 borewells with overhead tanks was also provided to the community.
Director ANRML Prof John Akanya commended the community for accommodating the company, adding that “the Community Development Agreement (CDA) and Corporate Social Responsibility is not only the statutory responsibility of a responsive corporate body, but it also reflects the commitment of the project proponent towards our host community.”
Admitting that their mining project had adversely affected the community, he said they would try as much as possible to defray those weights through some of their Corporate Social Responsibility and providing for them with some their urgent needs such as portable water, feudal roads and electricity.
Akanya said, “we want the community to bear with us and see the projects being done as part of their goodwill so they live peacefully with one another and as needs arise they have pledged to continue to do the needful.”
The chairman of Kagarko Local Government Area, Nasara A. Rago who was represented by his deputy, Adamu Shu’aibu, also had, while commissioning the projects appealed, to company to relate with the community with utmost sincerity of purpose.
Receiving the projects on behalf of the community, the head, Chief Philemon Auta stated that he, the councillor representing the community, Danjuma Gajere and other stakeholders had engaged the youths and explained the benefits of siting such a company in their domain.
The Emir of Jerei Alh Abdullahi Jerei in his remarks commended the gesture and urged the members of the community to be patient and cooperate with the mining firm saying what they are seeing now is just a drop in the ocean of what the company will still provide for them.
He acknowledged that although the kind of projects are usually controversial to the community member who are often ignorant of the mining project being done in their community as may require taking away their farmlands. The Emir disclosed after several reconciliations with them, the village people have seen that the project is a gold mine that is about to be planted in the community
The Emir said “in the next ten years the benefit of the project will result in wealth creation, but they need to be patient and cooperate with the company by providing them with what they want”
He assured them that he would always ensure that the community people are adequately compensated to ease their anxiety saying the community and company relationship is now very perfect as the place no longer receive complains from them.
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