In a significant move to safeguard its mineral resources, the Kogi State Government has issued a comprehensive ban on all forms of illegal mining across the 21 local government areas of the state.
Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Bashiru Gegu, conveyed this decision while addressing the press on Friday, emphasizing the government’s commitment to regulatory measures.
Gegu stated, “No individual or company will be permitted to explore or engage in mining any mineral in the state without proper licenses from the Federal Government or cooperative certificates for artisanal miners, along with valid community development agreements.”
He underscored the role of security agencies, urging them to take swift action against any violators.
“Security agencies in the state are hereby expected to swing into action by bringing any erring body or company to face the law.
Those who are mining without the requisite federal government-approved licenses are illegal miners,” Gegu asserted.
Furthermore, he emphasized the state’s zero-tolerance stance on illegal mining, declaring, “The state will no longer condone any form of illegal mining henceforth, as those found breaking the law will be prosecuted.”
This decisive action by the Kogi State Government reflects a commitment to responsible and regulated mining practices, ensuring the proper utilization of mineral resources while upholding legal standards.
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