Anglogold is blackmailing gov't- Kwesi Pratt
Saturday 24th May , 2014 10:00 am
The Managing Director of the Insight Newspaper
, Kwesi Pratt
has described the decision by Anglogold Ashanti to retrench its workers as an attempt by the company to blackmail the government for more concessions.
"I suspect that what is happening is that following recent instructions across the country for government to renegotiate mining rights, these companies are beginning to blackmail the government into giving them more concessions, that's all that is happening," Mr. Pratt
Anglogold Ashanti announced its intentions of retrenching its workers due to what it describes as rising cost of production, under performance of employees and unstable world market price of gold.
But speaking on Eyewitness News
, Mr. Pratt
criticized the intended action, describing it as totally shocking and a shabby treatment of its employees.
"The people of Obuasi are not a piece of burden only to be employed when things are going well.
The people of Obuasi are the owners of that resource, they are the owners of the gold and the shabby of treatment these people by Anglogold Ashanti is totally shocking," said Mr. Pratt
also questioned why the company's windfall profits were not used to keep the employees from being laid off.
But in a rebuttal, Mr. Pratt
criticized the Minister stance, saying his
comments were inappropriate and unjustifiable.
further noted that the people of Ghana have gained next to nothing from the exploitation of their mines.
In that regard, Mr. Pratt
noted that the problem presents an opportunity for Ghanaians to take over their mines and exploit their own resources for their own benefit.
Click on audio to listen to Mr. Pratt