Residents of Obuasi, ranging from petty traders, hawkers, head potters, businessmen, illegal miners and those in the corporate world alike stormed the Nsuta suburb of the Obuasi West municipality to present the numerous challenges confronting them as Onua Maakye was taken to their doorstep Wednesday morning, June 7, 2023.
Following reports of clashes between residents and workers of Anglogold Ashanti, with complaints of no jobs for the indigenes, the Onua Maakye Peoples’ Assembly train landed in the community to hear from the residents direct, what real situation is.
Representatives of the small scale mining association together with leadership of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) were also present at the Peoples’ Assembly.
With the many challenges that were poured out by residents, unemployment took centre stage in the community tagged ‘land of gold’.
Whilst some complained of the increasing pilfering in the community resulting from lack of jobs, others shared how they are being tormented by the military and other security agencies in their quest to prospect gold from “our motherland.”
Some of the residents shared their ordeal with the team.