The Paramount Chief, Western Nzema Traditional Area in the Western Region, Awulae Annor Adjaye III has expressed resentment over the poor governance of the country’s extractive sector for decades.
Citing the mining sector, he said after mining gold and other minerals for years, the country had nothing to show for it and the host communities were rather worse off now.
Awulae Adjaye who did not mince words in showing his disappointment over the poor governance systems in the sector at the opening of the 2017 Summer School on Oil, Gas and Mining in Accra said rather than benefiting the country as was the case in other countries, people had no idea about how the resource and its revenues have been utilized.
“It is so disheartening. People want to see development in our country but we are not seeing any. There is no transparency in the fiscal regime all over Africa,” he said.
“We make laws and we don’t implement them. We don’t even have in individuals to track how our revenues are used,” he said, adding ” I am sad to leave to this age to see this “nonsense”
He said instead of the country seeing improved and sustainable benefits from the extractive sector, communities were worse off and no value was been added to the commodities been produced.
CHANGE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
He said the current governance system was not in the best interest of the nation hence the need to modernize it to reflect modern trends.
“We have a structure in place that is not working in our favour. We have to look at the structure and modernize it.”
“Government has to figure out what really impact the lives of the people and the well-being of the environment as well,” he recommended.
He also urged citizens to hold managers of the natural resource accountable else they risk been deceived as has always been the case.
“Shine your eyes. Otherwise they will throw dust in your eyes because you are dealing with a system that has been transferred to us by people who came to Africa to cheat us,” he said.
SUMMER SCHOOL 2017
Started in 2009, the annual summer school organized by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) in collaboration with the German Development Corporation (GIZ) to train people across Africa on governance issues in the sector.
The Ghana Country Programmes Manager for NRGI, Nafi Chinery said the 2017 edition saw an increase in women participation in a bid to include their views in the natural resource discussion.
She also welcomed participants from Cameroon who were joining the summer school for the first time, explaining that it would afford them the opportunity to also share their perspective on extractive sector
GOVERNANCE ISSUES IN AFRICA
Twenty three (23) women and twenty two (22) men drawn from civil society organizations, media and other stakeholders in the extractive sector are participating in the 7th edition of the Summer School in Accra from the 4th to the 15th of September 2017.