A proposed Minerals and Mining Bill that addresses the challenges in the mining sector has been launched in Accra.
The bill seeks to fill the gaps in the current Minerals and Mining Act of 2006 which falls short of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) directive for the harmonisation of guidelines and principles in the mining sector for member states.
The 5th Conference of Wacam’s Community Groups was attended by delegates and representatives from the ten (10) operational zones of Wacam across the country from 7th to 11th November 2016 at the Public Service Union Centre in Kumasi under the theme, “Community-based mining advocacy: the key to the protection of community rights.”
A research study by the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and two other institutions shows that the operation of the Newmont Ahafo Mine, has adversely impacted the lives of women in the mining communities.
It said since the start of mining in the Asuifi North District by the multi-national company, the women had been denied access to potable water, farmlands and other means of economic livelihood.
Give mining sector agencies prosecution powers – CSO
A civil society group, Center for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) is advocating for agencies in charge of mining activities to be given the power to prosecute offenders of mining laws in Ghana.
- See more at: http://citifmonline.com/2017/05/17/give-mining-sector-agencies-prosecution-powers-cso/#sthash.uX0uX4CJ.dpuf
Powerful persons involved in illegal mining activities [Galamsey] should be prosecuted, Paramount Chief of Essikadu Traditional area, Nana Kobina Nketsia has said.
Nana Nketsia who made the suggestion at a stakeholders’ forum on illegal mining, organised by Citi FM and WACAM, indicated that it will be unfair to arrest persons actively involved in galamsey and pardon other powerful persons influencing these activities.
See more at: http://citifmonline.com/2017/05/17/prosecute-powerful-persons-behind-galamsey-kobina-nketsia/#sthash.oVASsND5.dpuf
What we do
Our work is focused on community mobilisation, organisation and rights-based education for empowerment, at the local, national, sub regional and international levels to influence practices changes
Wacam is a premier community based human rights and environmental mining advocacy NGO in Ghana with a community-based focus. Formed in 1998, Wacam has worked to respond to the social, environmental and economic problems that had resulted from the increased mining investment of the third gold rush. Our work is focused on community mobilisation, organisation and rights-based education for empowerment, at the local, national, sub regional and international levels to influence practices changes. With a modest beginning of work in eight communities in one region, Wacam is now working in over ninety mining affected communities in Ghana. Wacam has worked to share its experiences with CSOs, community groups and intellectuals worldwide. Our belief in the rule of law led to the use of court room litigation, representation and negotiations for affected communities. Wacam has made a number of submissions to regulators as our contribution for policy change and have served on a number of organisations including the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) at the national and international levels.