Awareness creation efforts is vital in disbursing funds to communities – Prof Kuma


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By
Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA

Tarkwa (W/R), Dec.
2, GNA – Professor Jerry Kuma, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines
and Technology (UMaT), has called on the Local Management Committee (LMC) to
consider the use of awareness creation efforts when taking decisions on the
disbursement of funds.

He said qualitative
human resources through education and youth orientation is vital for nation
building.

Prof Kuma said this
when the first batch of the LMC was inaugurated at UMaT in Tarkwa.

He said education
emancipates and empowers communities to achieve economic and social freedom and
it inculcates in them the spirit of oneness and sense of allegiance.

The Vice Chancellor
said in Ghana, community development was often regarded by local communities as
the most important part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the extent
that it is often perceived to be a statutory responsibility of the mining
companies.

He said communities
in mining areas sometimes make unachievable demands towards the development of
their communities.

“The inability
of the mining companies to meet all the demands often leads to strained
relationship between the mining companies and their host communities with
associate adverse effects on the mining operations”, he said.

Prof Kuma said the
establishment of the LMC would help the Mineral Development Fund to perform its
functions, by facilitating the socio-economic development of the mining
communities to avoid disturbing the cordial relationship that exists between
the mining communities and companies.

He assured the
seven-member committee that UMaT was ready to offer any support to the various
LMCs with their expertise.

GNA

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