Presidential initiative on gold mining will stem insecurity, says Bagudu

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The just-launched Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMDI) will positively impact on the security situation in most parts of the country.

The Kebbi State governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, who gave this assurance on Thursday after the launch of the PAGMDI by President Muhammed Buhari at the State House in Abuja, also said the initiative would eliminate illegality and criminality in the Solid Minerals sector.

Bagudu, who is the Vice Chairman of the PAGMDI steering committee, spoke to State House Correspondents during a post-ceremony briefing in the company of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah; and the Executive Secretary of the Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF), Hajiya Fatima Shinkafi.

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