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Miners Association decries influx of foreigners in mining communities

Miners association decries influx of foreigners in mining communities

Miners Association decries influx of foreigners in mining communities

By Matthew Eloyi

The Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) has decried the influx of foreign nationals, especially from Asia, invading mining communities across the country.

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The president of the association, Kabir Kankara, at an interactive section with journalists in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Friday, stated that mining can not explore in the country without a proper regulatory framework.

He alleged that illegal mining in the country is being carried out under the connivance of security operators and wealthy Nigerians, adding that 99 per cent of rich miners in Nigeria are not members of the association.

In his words, “There must be an improved funding for the mines and steel ministry as well as a regulatory framework to monitor foreigners before mining activities can properly function in the country.”

While regretting that the nation losses billions of dollars annually to smuggling due to improper channeling of the minerals, Kankara stated that no country in the world is endowed with minerals resources like Nigeria.

According to Kankara, Nigeria has minerals that can’t showcase itself hence the need for provision of adequate logistics, equipment for fieldwork, training, and retraining of mining engineers, and resuscitation of the revenue generation committee of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

He noted that following the destruction that goes on in Mining communities across the country, there are four Bills before the National Assembly for consideration.

The bills include the Nigerian Minerals Development Corporation Establishment Bill 2021, Solid Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission Establishment Bill 2021, Institute of Bitumen Management Establishment Bill 2021, and the Explosive Act 1964 Repeal and Re-enactment Bill 2021.

He emphasized that these Bills when passed into law would encourage people in communities to go into mining while mineral-producing states would be well taken care of.

Miners association decries influx of foreigners in mining communities

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