‘N240bn lost to il­le­gal min­ing yearly’

Weekly Trust - - News - Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

An ex­pert on min­eral ex­plo­ration and ex­ploita­tion, Engi­neer Abel Ozigi yesterday dis­closed that the Kogi State Gov­ern­ment loses over N240­bil­lion yearly through il­le­gal min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ozigi, who is the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Kogi State Gover­nor on Pro­ject Li­ai­son and Man­age­ment, made this known in Lokoja while pre­sent­ing a pa­per at the maiden stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing or­gan­ised by Kogi State Min­eral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (MIREMCO).

He said apart from un­quan­tifi­able eco­nomic loss, non-com­pli­ance to labour law, en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion and avoid­able com­mu­nal con­flicts which in most cases lead to death are some of the rea­sons why rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties ought to ex­pe­di­ently rise to seek last­ing so­lu­tion to il­le­gal min­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to him, pol­lu­tion from min­ing and re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties has a detri­men­tal im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Chair­man, Kogi State MIREMCO, Ha­jiya Has­siat Oza­v­ize Suleiman, ex­plained that the com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished to act as syn­ergy be­tween Fed­eral Min­istry of Mines and Steel De­vel­op­ment, state, lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas, min­eral ti­tle-hold­ers and host com­mu­ni­ties.

Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (right) in a hand­shake with Mr Nasser Al-Subaei, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of King Sal­man Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid and Re­lief Cen­tre (KSre­lief ), when the del­e­ga­tion came from Saudi Ara­bia to Da­maturu yesterday for the de­liv­ery of hu­man

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