WACAM, others intensify calls for responsible, safe mining practices

Hannah Owusu-Koranteng.
Hannah Owusu-Koranteng.

Wassa Association of Communities Affected by Mining, WACAM, and the Center for Environmental Impact Analysis have reiterated their call on all mining companies to adhere to responsible mining regulations.

A statement jointly initialed by the Executive Director for the Centre for Environment impact Analysis, Dr. Samuel Obiri and Associate Executive Director for WACAM, Hannah Owusu-Koranteng called for responsible mining practices in the country to prevent incidences of such nature and cyanide spillages which tend to expose host mining communities to avoidable dangers.

The statement urged mining sector regulatory agencies to effectively regulate the mining companies to avoid Regulatory Capture and Agency problems to ensure strict adherence to all regulations governing safe and responsible mining practices.

While expressing their deepest condolences to the Chief and people of Apiate community who have lost their loved ones, they called on government and relevant agencies to conduct a full-scale investigation into the incident. 

The two bodies also commended the Ghana Police Service, Fire Service, Ghana Armed Forces, NADMO, National Ambulance Service, Staff of Ghana Health Service among others for immediately activating the National Emergency Response Mechanism to address the situation.

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