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FG collaborates with Taraba Govt. to stop illegal mining

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By Victoria Onehi

The  Federal Government through the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has expressed willingness to cooperate and collaborate with the State  Governments to eliminate illegal mining activities in the country.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Devlpt;  Dr. Mrs. Mary Ogbe, disclosed  this  during the courtesy visit by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Dr. Agbu Kefas to the Ministry’s Headquarters Office in Abuja.

The Permanent Secretary, who was represented by the Director, Human Resource Dept. Alhaji Suleiman, Muhammad Kabir mni. stated further that there is a pressing need for collaboration between the Ministry and Taraba state to curtail incidences of  illegal mining in the state; which has become  an endemic  economic crime  causing hemorrhage to government’s revenue  and festering  community clashes in the state endowed with mineral resources. 

In a statement, Dr. Ogbe posited that the Ministry cannot combat the menace of illegal mining alone, and therefore  sought   robust dialogue between the Ministry and Taraba State Government, so as to enhance and sustain its effort to eliminate the activities of illegal miners within the ambit of the law.

While lauding the actions of the State Government towards preventing breakdown of law and order resulting from illegal mining;  the Permanent Secretary  commended the proactive security  measures already taken  by His Excellency, Dr. Agbu Kefas; stressing that the Governor should lend necessary assistance to legal miners in the state to encourage investors confidence.

Responding, the Executive Governor of Taraba state  condemned the activities of illegal miners in his state whose stock in trade is to create  communal clashes and flagrant  environmental degradation in their quest for  illegal exploration of mineral resources in the state.

To curb and eliminate  illegal mining activities, Dr. Kefas urged the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development to open a corridor of communication and effective collaboration with Taraba state government, that will process and authenticate licenses issued by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Devt. to investors as well as other documentations for exploration of mineral resources.

This measure, he stated, would create an enabling environment for attracting genuine investors into the state to achieve the much desired socio-economic transformation of the country.

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