President’s committee on mining legal framework good for Zamafara – Gov Matawalle

The Zamfara State Executive Governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a 14-member national task force committee to draft a Mining Legal framework that will guide mining activities in the state.

The committee, which was inaugurated on Thursday by the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) whose office will also lead the committee as Chairman.

A press statement signed by the Director-General, Press Affairs, Yusuf Idris Gusau, Matawalle particularly noted that the development is most beneficial to the Zamfara State government,

“This will be a pacesetter in the right direction at finding a lasting solution to the activities of armed banditry, kidnapping and other heinous crimes being perpetrated in the state”

The statement said Governor Matawalle had made several calls at different fora for positive practical and workable measures to be taken on mining activities in the state.

He had called for control and guiding rules and regulations to guide the mining of the vast untapped natural endowments in the state as against the crude way many of the locals are put at life-threatening risks with zero or very little benefits coming to them while big companies and their owners, foreign and national who are not indigenes of the state syphon these resources with no direct or indirect benefit to the state or its people.

The Governor who noted with pleasure the inclusion of the representation of the state on the committee as a critical stakeholder assured the federal government that the experienced contributions to be made by the state will strongly be advantageous to both the miners and the federal government in guiding mining activities in all parts of the nation.

The governor is represented on the committee which had an express mandate to immediately screen ten indigenous companies to mine in the state during the inauguration by the state’s Commissioner of Environment and Solid Mineral Development, Dr. Nura Isah Gusau.

“The terms of reference of the committee include development of a framework for vetting of prospective that will undergo mining activities in Zamfara and other states in Nigeria, conducting background checks and selection of prospective companies forwarded by the Ministry of Mines and Solid Mineral Development for mining in Zamfara and other states in Nigeria and conducting any other task in relation to the assignment given”

“The NSA pledged to support the committee to carry out the assignment as expected, noting that some of the attendant security challenges which necessitated the Federal Government to ban illegal mining in Zamfara could be reduced to enable the state regain its socio-economic development”

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