PRESIDENCY BEGINS SCREENING OF ZAMFARA MINERS

The Presidency is demanding details of all those licensed to do mining operations in Zamfara State and the pattern of illegal mining. This is for the purpose of tackling the crises in the state, The Nation gathered yesterday. Tasked with providing the required information are the Mining Cadastral Office (MCO) and other relevant government agencies. Already, the Federal Government has ordered cessation of mining activities and ordered in the military as part of measures to tackle widespread banditry in the state. Sources in Abuja said that the various security agencies’ reports on…

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HOW ILLEGAL MINING FUEL ZAMFARA CRISIS- LAI MOHAMMED

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, has blamed illegal miners for the killings in Zamfara State. Mohammed made the comments when he featured on the Nigerian Television Authority Programme, Good Morning Nigeria, in Abuja on Wednesday. On April 7, the Nigerian government had prohibited illegal mining operations in Zamfara State after nationwide protests over the killings, an action the Minister feels is justified. “People begin to ask what is the nexus between instability in Zamfara, kidnapping and banditry and illegal mining,” he said. “There is a lot.…

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MINING LICENCE NOW TO TAKE 12 DAYS SAYS BWARI ABUBAKAR

Anna Okon The Federal Government has announced that it is decentralising the Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office for ease of operations, adding that this will cut down the time for processing licences from 45 to 15 days. The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Bwari Abubakar, disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday, during the Nigeria Mining Business Investment Summit, jointly organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Association of Metals Exporters of Nigeria. The minister, who was represented by his Special Assistant on Technical Matters,…

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HAUSA GOLD MINERS IN OSUN OPEN UP, SEE HOW MUCH THEY ARE PAID PER GRAM

Hausa gold miners in Osun State open up: We collect N10,000 per gram, land owners sell for N50,000 per gram to merchants AKINWALE ABOLUWADE / 42 minutes ago AKINWALE ABOLUWADE who was at some gold fields in Osun State, reports that illegal mining activities have assumed an unprecedented and worrisome dimensions in the gold-rich Ife-Ijesa axis of Osun State, even as a ban was being placed on gold exploration in Zamfara State following persistent banditry in the northern communities   The forest of Itagun, a sleepy agrarian community in the Ife-Ijesha axis…

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STOP FLEEING ZAMFARA BANDITS FROM COMING TO OSUN, OYETOLA BEGS POLICE, TRADITIONAL RULERS

Oladimeji Ramon Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Thursday urged security agencies and traditional rulers to be at alert to prevent all forms of criminality and possible infiltration of the state by fleeing illegal miners and bandits displaced from Zamfara State. This was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Adeniyi Adesina, after the governor spoke during a security sensitisation programme attended by traditional rulers, security operatives, civil society organisations, politicians, market women, community leaders and top government functionaries in Osogbo. Oyetola said, “It has become imperative…

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HOW NIGERIA LOST 353BILLION NAIRA TO ILLEGAL MINING IN 3 YEARS-

Everest Amaefule, Tare Youdeowei, Adeniyi Olugbemi and Samuel Nkemakolem Nigeria lost about N353bn in gold smuggled out of the country and sold in the international market between 2016 and 2018 without any revenue accruing to the government. However, illegal miners reaped the gain, investigation has shown. Within the three-year period, about 18 tonnes of gold were smuggled out of the country and sold in the international market as confirmed by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Bawa Bwari Bwari, in a document, ‘Three Years Accounts of Stewardship,’ confirmed…

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YARI REVEALS WHOP BENEFITS FROM MINING ACTIVITIES IN THE STATE

By Ripples Nigeria The governor of Zamfara State Abdul’aziz Yari has alleged that miners in the state are behind the recent mass killings witnessed within his domain. Gov Yari suggested that much on Sunday in Talata-Mafara after a meeting with security chiefs in the state, where he commended the Federal Government for banning mining activities to help in tackling insecurity in the state. After the meeting, governor Yari said; “Zamfara as host of these miners have not been benefiting from them and mining activities must be suspected because most of them…

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MINISTER REVEALS HOW LONG BAN ON MINING WOULD LAST

The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bwari, yesterday, assured miners and investors that the ban on mining activities in Zamfara State would not last long. Bwari said this while speaking on the need for government to take the action in the interest of protecting lives and property in the state, expressed optimism that very soon the government would sanitise the mining industry for legitimate miners to do their business. He said: “It’s quite unfortunate that we had to stop mining in Zamfara, a state so well…

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FG DISCOVERS HIGH QUALITY PLATINUM IN NIGER

Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari The Federal Government say it has discovered high quality of platinum group elements in a village in Niger. Alhaji Abubakar Bwari, the Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, announced this on Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony of AG Vision Mining Site in Suleja Local Government Area of the state. Bwari said that the large mineral deposit was discovered at Kuchiko village in Suleja. He added that the quality of the discovery was higher than that of South…

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10 HELD AS OSUN SUSPENDS MINING TILL FURTHER NOTICE

The Osun State government has suspended mining activities in the state till further notice. The Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources, Tunde Ajilore, who led officers of security agencies, including the police and men of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to raid illegal miners at the mining sites in the Atakumosa West local government area of the state, said the suspension was necessary to stop damage to several hectares of cocoa farms and plantations. Ten of about 200 illegal miners, who fled into the…

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