Golden Star Wassa Mines has recommenced partial mining operations at its Benso mine weeks after the mine was attacked by illegal gold miners.
The attack led to the destruction of several mine properties, including offices, expensive mining trucks and vehicles costing the company millions of dollars.
The Corporate Affairs Manager of Golden Star Wassa Mines, Gerald Boakye who made this known during an inspection by the Deputy Lands and Natural Resources Minister, George Mireku Duker.
Mr. Boakye explained that their recommencement of operations follow completion of investigation and the prosecution of 53 of the mine’s attackers.
“With investigation completed and prosecution underway, we have recommenced partial operation,” Corporate Affairs Manager of Golden Star Wassa Mines said.
The Lands and Natural Resources Deputy Minister, George Mireku Duker during the inspection while condemning the attack expressed government’s commitment to protect mining companies.
“I want to assure you government’s commitment of protecting mining companies,” the Deputy Minister assured.
The Western Regional Minister who also joined the Deputy Lands Minister on the tour while not necessarily blaming the mines as the cause of the destruction also advised mining companies not to play with their Corporate Responsibility programmes.
“I want to urge mining companies to take their Corporate Social Responsibilities seriously,” Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah encouraged.
Golden Star Wassa Mines in March 2023 was attacked by some persons suspected to be illegal small scale miners at its Benso mine.
The attackers burnt offices and also destroyed several vehicles and other properties costing millions, forcing the mines to announce three months suspension of operations.