Ban: NSCDC, MMSD begin sensitisation, mop up surveillance of mining sites in Zamfara

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDDC), in collaboration the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), have began sensitisation of artisan to check illegal activities in the .The Commandant of the Corps, Alhaji Aliyu Garba, made the disclosure on Wednesday at the inauguration of the at Kucheri and Dansadau communities in Tsafe and Maru Local Government Areas of the .

Garba disclosed that the sensitisation and mop surveillance was designed  ensure total compliance the ban imposed by the Government on illegal activities in the .

He said that part of the mandate of the Corps was to provide security to licensed companies and monitor activities of artisan miners.According to him, the would ensure that mining activities done in line the rules and regulations guiding its operations.“We want all artisan miners in the state to the licence from the Government to ensure total compliance with the government’s directives in this regard.

is one of the states in the country blessed with abundant mineral resources, government is working with stakeholders to ensure that the resources are harnessed in line with best practices,” he said.Also speaking, Mr Abunumah Samuel, the State Mining Officer of the MMSD, said the measure was one of  the Federal Government’s policies aimed at economic diversification. 

According to him, about 80 per cent of mining activities in Nigeria are carried out by artisan miners which is generally illegal.He said that the government wants to make sure that all  artisan miners acquired licences so that they would pay revenue to government. (NAN)

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