The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Honourable Abubakar Bawa Bwari has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government will implement the outcomes of the conference held on the prevention of lead poisoning in Nigeria.
The Minister stated this today at a press conference held immediately after the end of the two-day event.
He said government has no choice but to implement the recommendations of the meeting so as to live up to its responsibilities of protecting the lives of children, communities and humanity.
Hon. Bwari declared that the Federal government is committed to the prevention of lead poisoning saying, prevention is not only important, but the only way to go to forestall future reoccurrence considering the cost of remediation and treatment.
“In fulfilling government’s mandate in the diversification agenda of the economy, the Federal government will pursue the agenda responsibly to protect human lives and the environment,” he said.
The Minister disclosed that government has put in place modalities to ensure safer mining which includes the registration of informal miners by monitoring their activities and to collect taxes and royalties for the economy. This will promote job creation, wealth creation and increase revenue generation as well as adherence to best practices in the sector.
He further stated that government intends to collaborate with other Ministries like health, environment, education and information adding that there is need for inter-ministerial collaboration as well as the National Assembly and International Partners for safer mining.
The Minister commended all those involved in the organisation and hosting of the event. He declared it a huge success bearing in mind the quantum of work put in to organise the conference.
He appreciated Medecin San Frontiere for the wonderful work they are doing in the country, saving the lives of affected children and other victims of the activities of informal miners. Before their intervention, children were dying in the communities without knowing it was the result of economic activities in the affected areas.
The Minister also appreciated the press for publicising the activities of the Ministry and sensitising the public and creating awareness on the sector.
Rhoda Ishaku Iliya
For: Director Press