NESREA cautions miners against harmful diseases

 Mr Stanley Okorie, Coordinator, National Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in Ebonyi, has called for provision of adequate equipment for miners to prevent diseases.

Okorie told the Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Tuesday that non use of protective equipment by people during mining could cause kidney diseases.

“It cause early aging.

“We must imbibe the spirit of using protective equipment because this will go a long way in checkmating diseases that be caused through mining,” he advised.

Okorie expressed worry at  exposure of women and children to mining activities, saying that it could be dangerous to their health.

On challenges facing the environment, the coordinator said that land degradation and erosion the ones.

“Land degradation as a result of artisans’ mining activities. Erosion usually caused by of heavy duty equipment.

“Degradation and erosion affect agricultural activities which may have effects on crops.

“Our mandate to enforce all laws and regulations.

“We will continue to sensitise the people,” Okorie said. (NAN)