5 June 2016
Niger State Government has issued a warning against illegal mining activities in the state and also advised already verified operators to desist from further plundering of the environment.
This information was passed on from the State Governor, Sani Bello, to the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Saliu Tanko in his palace in Kagara Rafi Local Government area of the state.
The Governor said: “It is high time our people desisted from engaging in illegal mining. It has devastating effects on their health, environment and the impact on the economy is in-quantifiable.
“The irony of this activity is that our people are being exploited, abused and at the end many lives are put on the line due to health hazards associated with mining and in the long run our human capital is being depleted, with our environment exposed to danger.”
He stressed further that, “our people must stop this killing. Government will not close its eyes for her citizens to engage in self-destructive venture or fold her arms to activities that are inimical to the health and well-being of her people.”
Governor Bello noted that efforts were underway to introduce standard process to rule mining activities in the state.
According to the Governor, this will be in collaboration with the Federal Government, so as to ensure lives and the environment are properly protected with profits from explorations.
“The exploitation of our people is unacceptable. They are not only exposing the whole community to danger. That is why we are appealing to our people to exercise patience for government to fine tune operation in the sector”.
The Governor went on to urge stakeholders within and outside the state to join hands with the administration to end illegal mining in the state.
“We want stakeholders to join hands with us in combating this menace. Community leaders must intensify sensitization on the negative impact of illegal mining on the people and environment.”