In a prudent decision to improve local participation in the mining industry, the Wassa East District and Golden Star Wassa Limited; a subsidiary of Golden Star Resources, will outdoor a Memorandum of Understanding next week.
Wassa Akyempim of the Wassa East District host one of largest concessions of the company in the Western Region. However for years the company has been met with serious riot emanating from the community over claims of economic bias and neglect.
With the signing and outdooring of the MoU on Wednesday 6 February, 2019, residents and the district at large are convinced of some mutual benefit that will ensue sustainable development.
District Chief Executive for the area, Mr. Wilson Arthur tells Skyy News the MoU will address fundamental issues of job security, knowledge transfer and capacity building for the people for inclusive participation in the mining business.
“We are ensuring that this MoU has room for a proper skill training center and schemes to help us raise the human capacity they need to manage at the very top, so that very soon when we do a census you will realise that most of the managers are from the community”, Wilson Arthur noted.
Mr Wilson Arthur explained that some positive results will come out from this arrangement. He is convinced that parties to the MoU, most importantly Golden Star Wassa Limited will comply with terms of their relationship and arrangement.
“I am very happy, I am relieved because people expect that if you are DCE you should have control over the mines. Without this MoU you have no control. But now with this MoU, the DCE’s responsibility is clearly spelt-out. We’ve made sure that we’ve done a very good work that other districts could learn from”, he added.