The National President of Miners Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Sani Shehu, has called for partnership with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the protection of mining sites against illegal miners.
Shehu made the call on Wednesday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu.
He also called for the establishment of a consultative committee of relevant stakeholders to monitor and control mining activities in the country.
“It is necessary to create and maintain robust channels of communication between mine owners and officers of the Corps to avoid tensions in the mines field because of the volatile nature of mine workers,” he said.
The Commandant-General assured the Association of adequate security at the various mining sites in the country.
He said that the Corps had set up a Solid Minerals Unit headed by a Commandant as part of plans to ensure adequate surveillance and security at the mining sites.
He said that about 27 illegal mining sites had been closed by the Corps in Lagos, Edo, Taraba, Imo, Gusau, Plateau and other sites due to its surveillance.
The NSCDC boss said that the Corps as the leading agency in the protection of critical infrastructure and national assets would continue to ensure safe mines in order to boost the economy for national development.
He said that undercover personnel had been deployed to the various mining sites across the nation for effective operation with a view to clamping down on illegal miners.