Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

Overlord of Dagbon, Yaa-Naa Mahama Abukari II has entreated the board chairman of Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation (GIISDEC), Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama to use his position judiciously to the benefit of the entire country.

The king made this in his palace in Yendi, when the board chairman led the board and some selected officers to pay a courtesy call on the Yaa Naa during a two (2) days familiarization tour in the area.

Speaking through his secretary, the Yaa Naa said the Sheini Iron Ore deposit is one of the natural resources God has bless the country with, praying that iron ore does not become a curse, but a blessing to the people of Dagbon, and the country at large.

“I wish to entreat you to be guided by the national interest in your operations to help build mother Ghana. I further wish to encourage you to do an excellent job as a form of justification for your inclusion in the affairs of the cooperation”, he told the chairman.

“It is a fact that northern Ghana is comparatively less developed in the country. I must say that it is rather unfortunate that the areas our natural resources are sited in the country are often left vith less attention in terms of development”, Yaa Naa added.

According to him, despites the enormous socio-economic interventions by government, Dagbon is still struggling with many developmental challenges which need very urgent attention.

He therefore appealed to the chairman to ensure that the needed development is given to the area where this iron ore will be mined at Sheini.

“I wish to use this opportunity to entreat you to ensure that the needed developmental attention is given to this area through your corporate social responsibilities when the benefits begin to come from the sites”, he called on him.

“I further wish to entreat you to ensure that all entitlement of traditional authorities and individuals settled promptly. These I believe would plant a seed of ownership of the corporation and the sites in the minds of the people of the area”, the overlord concluded.

Alhaji Farouk Aliu Mahama assured the king that he will use his position as GIISDEC board chairman to unlock the value of the Sheini iron ore to the benefit of Dagbon and the country.

“Yaa Naa, I want to ensure that I use my position as GIISDEC board chairman to unlock the multimillion investment iron deposit to provide jobs for the people” he said.

“We have advanced plans to being an investor and I assure you that by the end of 2022, this will be done”, he disclosed.

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