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Handling Nigeria’s two million artisan miners

ONE of the areas in which Nigeria’s rich potentials has been well-documented is the mining sector. In the 1960s, mining contributed up to 50 per cent to the nation’s economy. But due to the advent of oil, Nigeria lost interest in mining. Solid minerals contributed about 0.3 per cent to our GDP in 2015 as opposed to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Botswana (40 per cent).

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