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Reps Tell FG Declare State of Emergency In Mining Sector

The house of representatives has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the mining sector in order to diversify the country’s economy.
The call is sequel to a motion moved by Hon. Solomon Bulus Marengo, in which he said some companies in Nigeria were involved in illegal mining of solid minerals deposits across the country.
He stated that the illegal miners were reducing Nigeria’s stake in the solid minerals and other raw materials sectors as well as depriving the country of about 500,000 jobs for the teeming youths.
He added that the illegal miners do not contribute to the development of the host communities as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), thereby leaving the communities devastated, impoverished and exposed to hazardous environmental conditions.
The House also mandated its committee on solid minerals development to investigate the activities of miners, their collaborators and sponsors as well as the extent of the involvement of both local and foreign firms in the illegal exploration and exploitation of the sector and report back in four weeks.

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