Golden Star Resources New Century Mine (NCM) located at Prestea in the Western region has adequately prepared itself to re-start its underground mine, which ceased operations about 10 years ago.

After taking over the Prestea underground mine in 2002, Golden Star Resources, a gold mining company in the region, realized that the main shaft structures, which served as access to the underground, were corroded and weak.

The pumping system was old and inefficient to safely dewater the mine. The underground also had poor ventilation system.

Huge capital investments were required to address the problem and render the place safe and viable for work.

The gold mining company started refurbishing the structures and purchased new pumps to start operations at the underground mine.

Jerry Agala, General Manager of NCM, disclosed these at the maiden long service award for the company?s loyal, dedicated and hard working employees who had been in active service for the past 10 years.

The award ceremony, which took place last Saturday, was on the theme, ?Re-start of operation: labour?s contribution towards operational excellence.?

In all, 72 employees were presented with certificates of recognition, 10 bags of cements and one packet of roofing sheets amounting to GH?72,000.00.

He revealed that management of the company had done a lot to educate and train the employees towards restarting the underground mine and stressed that the training would continue as long as the mine exists.

?We will therefore expect all the employees to put into practice all the skills they had acquired so as to stay safe at work for themselves and their families,? he added.

Mr Agala said ?we must go the extra mile if we have to achieve our goals.?

He stressed that the award ceremony was ample demonstration of management?s faith in its workers and the continuous trust the company has in the workers.

?We look forward to the workers? continuous support and cooperation in the years ahead so that we can all build a vibrant and sustainable company in the next 50 years,? he noted.

Francis Eduku, Human Resource and Administration Manager of NCM, asked the workers to play leadership roles, adding, ?We need to create a new culture if indeed it is our desire to move towards operational excellence and let go our counterproductive attitudes and behaviours,? he told the workers.

 From Emmanuel Opoku, Prestea

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