Prestea youth accuses Golden Star for not employing Indigenes

Himan Students Union of Prestea-Himan in Prestea Hunni-Valley District of western region is giving Golden Star Bogoso-Prestea Mining Company a week ultimatum to attend to their complains of not employing indigenes of the community or the mining company risk incurring the wrath of the community.
Speaking at a press conference, Secretary of the union, Kwame Kyei Addo, hinted that even though the company has the formal licence from the government, the social licence which lies in the people is very skeptical.
The youth who have the requisite skills and qualification in the community cannot find jobs yet people from different parts of the country who are not directly affected by the operation of the company easily get job within the company because the company is dominated by Non- natives of the catchments areas.
He further explained the company has not being able to exhaust section 2(J) of the local employment agreement which state that “The company shall adopt a policy to provide preferential employment to community citizens when recruiting skilled workforce with the aim of increasing the percentage of community citizens in skilled employee new recruiting to 40 percent within 5 beginning from 2012.
He called on the member of Parliament for Prestea-Hunni Valley, District Chief Executive, Regional Minister and other stakeholders to join in their crying in seeking for redress for the community.
Community Relations and Social Responsibility Manager of Golden Star Resources, Robert Gyamfi when contacted said the company will respond appropriately.

Source: Ghana/