Wacam, an environmental and human rights advocacy group, has held its 5th community group conference in Kumasi, with the resolve to consolidate the gains made over the years in the advancement of the right to education in mining communities.
The five-day conference on the theme: “Community-based advocacy: the key to the protection of citizens’ rights”, was attended by 200 delegates from mining communities throughout the country, students from the University of Ghana, Lego and the University of Energy and Natural Resources.
The Associate Executive Director of Wacam, Mrs. Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, said “We cannot achieve sustainable national development when public policy exclude the poor and make them passive recipients of dole outs from political elites”.
She said problems facing the mining sector “have become so overwhelming that we do not seem to have the solution to the problems because of our desire to place financial benefits from mining above the protection of our social, economic and environmental rights of citizens”.
The Executive Director for the Center for Public Interest Law, Mr. Augustine Niber, urged community groups to protect the rights of the people through advocacy, training and education.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Kumasi