Ghana Chamber of Mines censures Golden Star attacks, worried over upsurge of violence against mines

Ghana Chamber of Mines censures Golden Star attacks, worried over upsurge of violence against mines

The Ghana Chamber of Mines has condemned attacks by illegal miners which left some persons injured and properties destroyed at the Benso concession of Golden Star Wassa Limited in the Western Region. 

The Chamber, in a press release, expressed its greatest concerns about the spate of attacks on mines in the country, and the increasingly hostile and violent acts of the perpetrators despite the presence of police officers at the mines.

Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Dr. Sulemanu Koney, described the recent attacks on people and assets as a “disappointing watershed” in Ghana’s history. 

He indicated the upsurge, if not checked, could erupt terrorist-linked attacks as seen in some mines within the West African sub-region.

Dr. Koney admonished the government, which is a shareholder in the mining industry, to prioritize security at the mines. 

“Since the hike in such attacks has coincided with an upsurge in terrorist-linked attacks at mines in other mining jurisdictions in the sub-region, the government must prioritize the security of the mines,” he said.

Ghana Chamber of Mines censures Golden Star attacks, worried over upsurge of violence against mines
CEO of Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr. Sulemanu Koney

He continued that: “This would not only reinforce the State’s role as a shareholder in all mining companies and owner of mineral resources but guarantee a conducive environment for mining operations to be conducted,” he said. 

The governing body of the minerals industry indicated the increasing cases of illegal miners’ pounce on mining companies smacked of the growing state of insecurity for both citizens and non-citizens working in mining companies. 

The press statement sighted by Luv News further noted Golden Star has been saddled with huge and evitable costs in replacing properties vandalised during the riot.


Illegal small-scale miners, on March 16, 2023, besieged the mine and set ablaze some properties owned by the mining company after a team of security men and the police warded them off a concession they had invaded to cart away mine dust to prospect for gold.

The altercation that ensued left some illegal miners with various degrees of injuries.

The miners in retaliation pursued employees within the precinct of the Benso mine and torched 12 vehicles, including excavators, ambulances and pick-ups.

The recent attack on the mine amounts to the skyrocketing cases of insurgence against mining companies across the country over the last decade.

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The association bemoaned the heart wrenching resurgence of violent attacks on mining companies, calling on the government to act accordingly to tame the insolvency of illegal miners in the country.

“Mining is a catalyst for development and any attack on a mine is an attack on our national development. Recent events therefore detract from the government’s efforts to position the mining industry as a fulcrum of its economic recovery programme and preferred country of investments for both local and foreign investors,” the statement read.

Thirty-three suspects have so far been picked up by the Ghana Police Service for preliminary investigations.

The Chamber urged the security force to ensure swift prosecution of persons found culpable.

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