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May 31, 2024

FG to enforce compliance of mining coys to environmental standards

FG to enforce compliance of mining coys to environmental standards

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake and governor of Enugu, Peter Mbah, in his office on Friday in Abuja.

…as Gov Mbah vows to explore Enugu’s vast mineral resources

By Gabriel Ewepu, Abuja

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring compliance with environmental standards by monitoring the operations of mining companies.

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake, stated this when he received the governor of Enugu, Peter Mbah, in his office on Friday in Abuja.

Alake said that the move was aimed at sanitising the sector and repositioning it to boost the economic profile of the country.

He disclosed that the federal government and Enugu have agreed to set up the state’s Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) to monitor mining companies’ compliance with environmental standards.

Alake said the establishment of MIREMCO would bring about proper monitoring of activities of mining companies, including compliance with mining regulations on safeguarding the environment, fostering community development, and strengthening relationships between the state and the Federal Government.

The Minister also recalled Enugu State’s historical and economic significance during the colonial era as far as mining is concerned; therefore, he highlighted the state’s potential for renewed economic prominence through solid minerals.

The parley between the Minister and Gov. Mbah is in furtherance of engagements to bolster partnerships with sub-nationals to foster a conducive environment for mining operations across the country.

He said, “Now that we have our own independence of thought and action, Enugu is the way to go. We are collaborating with Enugu and other states to ensure that the benefits accruable from the solid minerals sector are available to all Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, Governor Mbah vowed to explore the vast mineral resources in the state in partnership with the Federal Government, hence his visit to the Minister.

He also commended and lauded the Minister for the decision and support to accelerate the state’s plan to set up MIREMCO and its process that would address the menace of illegal mining.

“The minute the Minister received my application on setting up MIREMCO, he immediately called the relevant officer and mandated him to ensure the process for the establishment of the committee is fast-tracked.

“We believe that with the setting up of MIREMCO in Enugu, we will be able to curb the activities of illegal miners and those racketeering licenses,” he said.

Meanwhile, it will be recalled that the Minister met governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) some weeks ago, where he sued for cooperation to enhance the development of the mining sector.