Participants at a workshop on the Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GHEITI) 2019 report called for easy accessibility of the report, devoid of technical language and jargons, to enhance its understanding.
They said the GHEITI report should be actively promoted through the posting of essential data on notice boards, in local languages and frequent community durbars, with a clear communication strategy to facilitate understanding among ordinary Ghanaians.
Participants were drawn from non-governmental and civil society organizations with an interest in natural resource governance as well as mining sector associations, including the African Center for Energy Policy, the Center for Social Impact, the Kasa Initiative, the Association of Small Scale Miners and Ghana. National Chamber of Minors.
The workshop was organized by Friends of the Nation (FoN), a civil society organization with an interest in natural resource governance, aimed at improving transparency and accountability in the use of revenues from the extractive sector. .
Dr Steve Manteaw, co-chair of GHEITI, in a presentation on how to make the annual report inclusive and accessible, said it was important to have frequent public engagement with mining communities on how mining royalties that allocated to them were used by the assemblies. to improve livelihoods.
The GHEITI report should be seen as a catalyst for civic action and dialogue for better resource governance, while citizens used it for their own research, analysis and political engagement, Dr Manteaw said.
Efforts should also focus on improving reporting outreach and community awareness programs through summarizing key data in infographics, billboards and community durbars, he said. .
Mr. Kwaku Boa-Amponsem, an independent consultant to GHEITI, called for the timely transfer of all mining royalties from the Office of the Stool Land Administrator to the District Assemblies.
In addition, monthly mining royalty payments by mining companies should be regularized with the adoption of relevant legislation.
Mr. Boa-Amponsem provided an overview of the various sources of extractive sector company revenue payable to the state, including mining leases, corporate taxes, ground rents, mining royalties, land rates, permits environmental and environmental treatment fees.