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About 2,000 representatives of communities affected by mining in all major concession areas across Ghana attended the second annual national forum of the National Coalition on Mining (NCOM) in Akoti, a small community in the Sefwi-Wiawso District of the Western Region.


The forum effectively served a unique platform for mining-affected communities to both share experiences and collectively demand answers from government over the untenable balance sheet of mining communities and the country as a whole.


Ghana’s deputy Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, along with officials from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Ghana Minerals Commission represented government. The forum was also attended by traditional leaders, religious groups, women and youth networks.


Addressing the forum on behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Sefwi, Prince Amoako-Atta, who is also the leader of the group said since Chirano Gold Mine Limited (CGML) started its operations in the area the quality of life of the people has sharply deteriorated.


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