Future Gold Resources (FGR), the operator of Bogoso Prestea Mine says it is saddened by the violent protest embarked upon by a small group of criminals which led to the destruction of the property of FGR Bogoso Prestea Mine and threats to the safety and welfare of people.
On Monday night, 26 July 2021 at about 10 pm two vehicles driven by Future Global Resources (FGR) personnel were attacked by unknown assailants in the village of Dumasi.
A gun was fired into one of the cars but no one was injured.
One of the vehicles was in Dumasi to deliver a letter to Nana Dr. Francis Kofi Bih, the Regent of Dumasi, that represented an agreement on a way forward on establishing a long-term dialogue and commitment to social investments by FGR as requested by the community but the letter was not delivered due to the attack.
Also, on 27 July 2021, a group of some 50 “saboteurs” from the Dumasi community arrived at the FGR Bogoso site with machetes and two shotguns and set fire to equipment and buildings in a targeted what the company has described as an orchestrated attack.
Reacting to these attacks, the management of FGR in a statement has appealed for calm as “we are commencing a series of constructive engagements and negotiations with relevant stakeholders on long-standing issues relating to the community.”
“In order to protect the community and our own workforce we are working closely with the police to identify those involved in this violent activity,” it added.
FGR said its letter that proposed commitments to infrastructure projects and the development of positive dialogue with the official representatives of the Dumasi community were hijacked by the criminal group who were bent on fomenting trouble before it could be delivered thereby jeopardizing their efforts to engage with the community.
The management of FGR Bogoso Prestea Mine has assured the community that every effort is being made to proffer a lasting solution to the issues raised by the community which has been outstanding for many years before they took over.
“This illegal activity intended to cause damage and fear must be prevented in order for the company to operate, which will lead to benefits to the community and Ghana,” the statement said.
The company further stated that it is committed to rectifying long-standing issues that it has inherited from the previous owner, GSR.
FGR noted that its recent severance settlement agreement with employees demonstrates the company’s good faith and its long-term commitment to the people adding that “there is absolutely no justification for the destruction of company property and threats to the lives of our employees.”
The company said it desires to meet and engage with all the Dumasi community stakeholders to discuss the comprehensive list of issues as set out in their recent letter while expressing its strong commitment to developing a positive and long-lasting relationship with the community.