Minister Suspends Blasting Activities Around Tremour Affected Areas

The attention of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has been drawn to the widely reported earth tremor within Abuja, specifically in and around Mpape, Jabi, Gwarinpa and other parts of Maitama District of the Federal Capital Territory.

Following this development, the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), responsible for monitoring these activities, has commenced investigation by sending a team of experts to the affected sites for on the spot assessment.

Initial findings indicate mild earth tremor.  Consequently, the general public is hereby assured of safety of life and property since initial findings show little or no threat to lives.

In view of this, the Ministry has directed the suspension of all blasting activities in and around the affected areas till the completion of investigation.

In a related development, the Ministry has received a report of spontaneous burning of a coal seam in Otolo, Nnewi, in Anambra State.  A team of experts also visited the site with a view to bringing the situation under control, as soon as possible.


Ishaku Kigbu

for: Hon. Minister of State

Mines & Steel Development.