he Chiefs and people of Ahansonyewodea, a mining community in the Obuasi East District could not
hide their joy when the Chief Executive for the Obuasi East District Hon. Faustina Amissah and the Board
Chairman of the Mineral Development Fund Kwaku Sakyi Addo commissioned an ultra modern
Community center at Ahansonyewodea.
The facility is set to provide a venue for all forms of social events. The community, hitherto, had to
spend a lot of money in hiring canopies and chairs for events. The commissioning of the community
center which cost more than Gh400,000 will however come as a huge relief to elders and people of the
Funded from the Mineral Development Fund (MDF), the community center is part of three (3) projects
selected by the Local mining committee to be constructed from the Fund. This according to the DCE Hon
Faustina Amissah is an indication of the judicious use of the fund to the benefit of the mining
She said ” since the Local mining committee was formed in 2020, this is the first project we have
commissioned. Currently, the construction of CHPs compound and Nurses quarters at Kwameduakrom is
progressing steadily whiles another CHPs compound and Nurses quarters at Anyimadukrom will start in
She said the facility has spacious auditorium as well as lavatories, additional rooms and mechanized
borehole. She called for effective management of the facility. She was however optimistic that revenue
generate from the usage of the community center will help maintain it.
MDF, which was set up by the Minerals Development Fund Act, 2016 (Act 912) to provide financial
resources for the direct benefit of mining communities, institutions responsible for the development of
the mining sector, as well as traditional and local government.
The passage of the MDF necessitated the formation of Local Management Committee (LMC) to
administer the fund, which was previously lodged and managed through the Consolidated Fund.
The Local Management committee is responsible for selecting projects for beneficiary communities
whiles the MDF secretariat provides funding for the approved projects.
The Board Chairman of the Mineral Development Fund Kwaku Sakyi Addo lauded the Local Management
Committee in the district for spearheading the construction of the project. He said the project will
immensely help the community who struggled to find a place to host their social events and gatherings.
He admonished the community to maintain the facility to stand the test of time saying” this project
emanated from a needs assessment done by the LMC, which means it is the project the community has
called for. I will entreat them to own it and protect it to serve future generations”