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Wacam holds 6th Annual Conference

A group picture of Wacam executives and members

Source: Ato Keelson, Back From Ejisu-Abankro, Ashanti Region

Wacam, a premier community based human rights and environmental mining advocacy non-governmental organisation (NGO), has held its 6th Annual Conference with a call on the government to ensure that the consent of communities is sought before undertaking mining or oil exploration activity.

In her welcome address, the Associate Executive Director of Wacam, Mrs Hannah Owusu-Koranteng, who made the call, stated that “When corporate bodies rely on their corporate strength to ignore affected communities to undertake projects with far reaching negative consequences on the people who live in the area, the result is protracted conflicts.”

Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, Executive Director, Wacam giving an address

Mrs Owusu-Koranteng made the observation on Wednesday when her NGO held its 6th Annual Conference at Ejisu-Abankro near Kumasi in the Ashanti region.

The conference was on the theme; “Celebrating Wacam’s Mining Advocacy Achievements: The Role of Mining Communities.”
Giving a brief history of Wacam, she recalled that though the NGO’s community mobilisation and organisation’s work started in the early 1990s, Wacam was officially born on September 1998 in Tarkwa.

“In the period of Wacam’s mining advocacy work which span about three decades, Wacam has committed itself to community mobilisation and organisation of mining communities to hold corporate bodies accountable for environmental destruction, pollution of rivers, gross human rights violations and atrocities including killing and using guard dogs on suspects that were alleged to have trespassed on the proprieties of mining companies, discharge of faecal sewage into community rivers among others,” she emphasised.

Mrs Owusu-Koranteng used the occasion to congratulate all who have supported Wacam in their difficult mining advocacy for almost three decades.


“As we celebrate our 23rd anniversary, we want to salute all our brave activists and pay tribute to our departed activists such as Emelia Amoateng, Ibrahim Issahaku, Mr Osei Nimako, Mr Dei Nkrumah and others,” she sadly expressed.
The Executive Director of Wacam, Mr Daniel Owusu-Koranteng, said Wacam’s journey has not been an easy one.

He insisted that in the face of the challenges that they were confronted with, Wacam has become a household name empowering communities with knowledge for them to defend their rights.
Solidarity messages were read from Wacam’s partners including CARE International in Ghana, state regulatory institutions including EPA, and CSOs, TUC among others.

A group picture of Wacam members and executives during its 6th Annual Conference

Earlier on Monday, September 6, 2021, Wacam held a conference for its women and youth wings and also organized elections to elect new women and youth executives.


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