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Elite Nigerians causing illegal mining–Alake

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By Abraham Adekunle

Minister accused powerful individuals of fueling insecurity, other activities.

Dele Alake, the Minister of Solid Minerals, has attributed the occurrence of illegal mining operations and acts of terrorism in various regions of the nation to influential individuals within Nigerian society. On Tuesday, Alake, accompanied by a group of high-ranking ministry officials, raised an accusation as he headed a team to justify the budget projections for 2024 in front of the House Committee on Solid Minerals at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja. He further mentioned that while there may be an external aspect involved in the ongoing banditry plaguing the nation, he pointed out that the primary financiers are Nigerian individuals who remain anonymous.

The individuals responsible for the unlawful mining activities, often referred to as illegal miners, are fortified by Nigerians in positions of power. He said that the efforts to expose and apprehend these culprits involve various methods, both physical and non-physical. It is crucial to acknowledge that the heightened insecurity prevailing in mining regions is driven by these illegal mining operations, which are predominantly backed by influential Nigerian figures, he stated. He emphasized the importance of establishing a formal framework for the mining industry, similar to the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Ltd., in order to ensure adequate revenue generation.

Mining cooperation framework will involve private sector.

Despite this, he emphasized that the ministry, under his guidance, would adopt a distinct approach from NNPCL. He mentioned that the proposed framework for Nigeria Mining Cooperation would primarily rely on participation from the private sector. He further mentioned that Nigeria’s equity would also be included, ensuring that the structure remains stable and untouched by any future government. Alake estimated the value of minerals stored in the country as a substantial $700 billion, emphasizing that Nigeria has not yet effectively exploited certain globally in-demand solid minerals due to obstacles within its institutions.

He passionately implored the committee’s endorsement of the procedure, emphasizing the potential for transforming the nation’s mining industry. In averting potential disruptions and maintaining law and order, he further emphasized the need for active involvement with the host communities across the nation where mining operations occur. In his plea, he implored the committee to give due attention to the ministry’s designated funding in the forthcoming 2024 budget proposal. The organization currently possesses ₦24 billion, which is insufficient to make any significant impact, he said. In order for our Ministry to make a substantial contribution of at least 50 percent towards the nation’s GDP, a substantial sum of ₦250bn is required to fund exploration activities adequately.

Assurance that the ministry will make money for the country.

With such a substantial investment, the minister assures that the ministry will surpass other ministries in terms of contributions, even exceeding what the country currently derives from oil. Allowing the private sector to spearhead exploration would be unwise, as it invariably leads to their intention of solely capitalizing on discoveries, withholding some data for financial gains. He added that if the agency were granted the proposed budget, it could replenish the country’s coffers with trillions in revenue. The nation has been indicated by him to possess more than 44 highly sought-after minerals, which are currently in high demand worldwide.

Highlighting the crucial role of the solid minerals sector in achieving economic diversification, Committee Head Gaza Gbefwi emphasized its significance. Expressing vehement disagreement with the budget projections for the ministry, Gbefwi deemed them significantly inadequate. Furthermore, he assured the committee’s unwavering commitment to mobilize all available resources, ensuring additional funding to bolster the implementation of Alake’s comprehensive 7-point plan. The assurance underscores the committee’s determination to bridge financial gaps and facilitate the realization of strategic initiatives for the solid minerals industry, underscoring the pivotal role it plays in Nigerian economic diversification agenda.

Detrimental effects of illegal mining in Nigeria.

Illegal mining poses a significant challenge in Nigeria, with various regions grappling with its detrimental effects on the economy and the environment. The clandestine extraction of minerals, often carried out without proper authorization or adherence to environmental regulations, leads to revenue loss for the government and exacerbates environmental degradation. The absence of stringent enforcement measures contributes to the proliferation of illegal mining activities, impacting both local communities and the nation at large. Efforts to curb this menace necessitate a multi-faceted approach, including heightened surveillance, stricter regulatory frameworks, and community engagement to address the root causes of illegal mining in Nigeria.


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AN-Toni
Editor
2 months ago

Elite Nigerians causing illegal mining–Alake. – Minister accused powerful individuals of fueling insecurity, other activities. – Express your point of view.

SarahDiv
Member
2 months ago

Addressing illegal mining is crucial for Nigeria’s economic stability and environmental preservation. The proposed Nigeria Mining Cooperation framework, led by the private sector, aims to harness mineral wealth responsibly. Adequate funding is essential to combat illegal mining and unlock the sector’s potential for national growth.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

That’s really concerning to hear. It’s disheartening when powerful individuals engage in illegal activities like illegal mining. Such actions not only undermine the rule of law but also contribute to various issues like insecurity and environmental degradation.
It’s important for the government to take strong measures to address this issue and hold those responsible accountable. By cracking down on illegal mining and prosecuting those involved, the government can send a clear message that such activities will not be tolerated.
Illegal mining not only disrupts the local communities and their livelihoods but also poses serious environmental risks. It’s crucial for everyone to understand the importance of sustainable mining practices that prioritize the well-being of both people and the environment.
I hope that the government will continue to prioritize the fight against illegal mining and work towards creating a more transparent and responsible mining industry. It’s essential for the development and prosperity of Nigeria that these issues are addressed effectively.

Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

I hope the government will keep making combating illegal mining a top priority and endeavor to develop a more accountable and transparent mining sector.Nigeria’s economic stability depends on the fight against illicit mining. To combat instability and increase revenue, the Minister has suggested a mining framework and made a budget request.

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

Illegal mining is being caused by elite Nigerians, says Alake. Minister charged prominent people with stoking unrest and other acts To rectify this issue and bring charges against those responsible, the government must act swiftly. stops clandestine mining and takes action against those who do so, posing serious environmental risks.