FG to close illegal mining operations




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Minister of Mines and Steel DevelopmentABUJA – The Minister of Mines and Steel Development says it close any mining or quarry firm not operating in accordance with the Nigerian Minerals and Metals Act of 2007.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Marshal Gundu, the ’s Deputy Press, in Abuja.
It stated that the Minister, Mr Sada, made this known when he received the 2013 Annual and Audited Accounts of the Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG).
The statement stated that the presentation was made by the Chairman of the council, Chief Chambers Oyibo, who led other council members the .
Sada said the plan was ensure strict compliance rules and any other extant mining laws like that of the COMEG.
He said that 600 mining licences were revoked by the Federal Government due non-compliance with the relevant laws guiding mining operations in the country in the last audit exercise.
The minister expressed his pleasure to receive the reports COMEG, which he described, as a strong institution that gives strength to the nation’s extractive industries.
Sada commended the initiative of COMEG in relation to the issuance of practicing licences to its financial members as well as capacity .
He said the present administration had seen the need for human capital development as of the requirements of ’s extractive industries.[eap_ad_2]
The minister said COMEG’s action was in line with the Transformation Agenda of Mr .
“No matter how much mineral resources a country has, if it doesn’t have the right human skills, the country not develop.
“The country needs the right knowledge and idea for the minerals and metals sector to develop optimally,’’ he said.
The COMEG Chairman, Oyibo, said the 2013 was in compliance with the provision of COMEG Act part (11) Financial Provision, Section 7(3).
Oyibo said the monitoring of mining professionals and operators in some geopolitical zones of the country was carried out to sensitise them on the need to register with COMEG.
“The exercise revealed that most mining companies have not registered with COMEG as a corporate body and do not have COMEG registered mining professionals in their employment.
“The council had also commenced the issuance of practicing licences to financial members in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of relevant laws and regulations of COMEG,” Oyibo said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]