Fed Govt warns Southern Kaduna communities against illegal mining

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AbdulGafar Alabelewe, KadunaDecember 18, 2023

The Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development has warned communities and other critical stakeholders in the southern part of Kaduna State on the dangers of allowing illegal mining activities in their areas.

The government gave the warning at a town hall meeting organised by the Northwest office of the ministry at Kafanchan in Jamaa Local Government Area.

During the parley, mining stakeholders in the zone agreed to ensure effective and sustainable development in the sector.

Presenting a paper at the meeting, the Acting Zonal Mines Coordinator of the Northwest Kaduna, Kutman Hosea Ali, noted that the ministry was committed to enhancing collaboration and understanding among all stakeholders by fostering an environment conducive for sustainable mining activities.

Ali noted that Southern Kaduna was an emerging mining zone, hence the need for the residents to be aware of the realities on the ground and the government’s position.

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“We are here on behalf of the minister, who directed that a meeting of this nature should be held in Kaduna, and Kafanchan in particular.

“This is because Southern Kaduna is coming up as an active mining zone; it’s active in the sense that lithium, which is becoming a hot cake globally, is found predominantly here.  

“That is why we have come to sensitise the communities and the mining companies to their responsibilities to each other,” he said.

Also, in his paper presentation, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from the Kaduna command, Mr. Eric Billy, reminded the stakeholders that illegal mining is an economic crime that must be reported and offenders face the law.

“People should try and get the requisite licence because there are a lot of them involved in this illegal licensing. When EFCC goes after them, they will complain of witch-hunting only for deeper investigation to reveal they are culpable,” he said.

The EFCC officer also cautioned those with the mining licence to operate within the scope of the permission given to them. 

The Chief of Moroa, Mr. Tagwai Sambo, expressed delight with the town hall meeting.

He promised to always preach peace to his subjects. 

Monday Barau, who spoke on behalf of mining companies in Kaduna, attributed the poor contribution of the sector to the economy to illegal mining.

He solicited the support of stakeholders to reposition the sector and maximise its potential.     


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