By Umar Yusuf
Yola â€” Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State said his administration was poised more than before to tap the mineral resources that are in abundance in the state.
He has, therefore, requested the Federal Government to release the Mining Licences to it for the purpose of prospecting and exploiting the mineral resources.
The Governor who spoke in Yola, yesterday, while inaugurating the Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee said the importance of the committee could not have come at a better time than now given the desire of his administration to harness the available mineral resources for the purpose of providing the much desired dividends of democracy to the people.
According to the governor, the state government has already applied for 71 Mining Titles covering the entire state which he said were being processed and by the first quarter of this year, the licences will be approved and released, adding that as soon as that is done, technical partners within and out side the country will be invited to tap these resources.
The governor said though the exploitation of mineral resources has its negative effects such as erosion, pollution, land degradation, but in order to mitigate the adverse effect of mining activities, the Federal Government had enactedÂ Minerals and Mining Act of 2007, which spell out measures to be taken to avert the effects of mining on the affected communities.