In the past, villagers of the Sangaredi a small sub-prefecture in western Guinea had to walk 15 kilometers to a shallow crossing point on the Thiankoun Thioli River to participate in Friday prayers.
Now, thanks to a new bridge that was built by GAC and officially handed over to the local community in July 2015 their journey to the mosque can be measured in minutes rather than hours.
Resident Amadou Bah expressed the appreciation of the Sangredi villagers for the successful project, pointing out the new opportunities the bridge has given them. “GAC’s gesture has changed our lives for the better as well as those of our children and grandchildren. The only thing we can say is ‘thank you,'” he said.
The Governor’s representative said GAC’s gesture had touched both the communities of Sangaredi and the Guinean authorities and was an example to other mining companies in the country. “You have demonstrated that you are a citizen company,” he said.
GAC CEO William Morrell said the company is committed to maintaining a relationship with local communities that is based on mutual respect and undertakes to develop the skills of residents to work on GAC’s mega-projects.
Successful businesses are ethically minded and value the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with the local communities that are based on mutual trust and respect.
GAC’s gesture has changed our lives for the better as well as those of our children and grandchildren. The only thing we can say is ‘thank you.