News

January 31, 2024

Illegal mining: FG, security agencies brainstorm creating taskforce to combat menace

Illegal mining: FG, security agencies brainstorm creating taskforce to combat menace

By Kingsley Omonobi

Following efforts of the President Bola Tinubu administration to establish sanity in the country’s mining sector, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun on Tuesday convened the technical committee charged with setting up a joint task force in Abuja to address the challenges posed by illegal mining in Nigeria.

The committee meeting, which was held at the Police Force Headquarters, had in attendance representatives from the Armed Forces, Police, NSCDC, Ministry of Solid Minerals, Environment, and other relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Muyiwa Adejobi, said, ‘The mandate of the proposed taskforce is multifaceted, aiming to curb illegal mining activities perpetrated by both foreigners and Nigerians”.

“Key objectives include enhancing security in mining areas, enforcing mining laws, ensuring proper warehousing and monitoring of explosives, and advancing environmental sustainability in our mining operations.”

“The Nigeria Police Force, security forces, and other MDAs remain steadfast in supporting the agenda of the Federal Government’s quest for economic recovery and growth as well as the socio-political development of Nigeria.”