NSCDC commences Operation Flush out Illegal miners

THE Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr Abdullahi Gana, has ordered the Corps’ operatives to flush out illegal miners across the country. He has accordingly directed the head of units in charge of protecting mines and steel activities, to beef up security in various sites in order to stem the tide …

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Illegal Mining: 16 Chinese, Eight Nigerians arrested in Zurak, Plateau State

….as Minister declares special mining zone in Zurak … illegal Mining kingpin, Abdullahi Usman Abubakar (aka Dan China) declared wanted by NSA   Sixteen Chinese nationals and eight Nigerians involved in massive illegal mining were on Monday arrested in Zurak, Wase Local Government, Plateau State on the orders of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Brig-Gen …

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FG, Lagos govt disagree over dredging

The Federal Government on Monday asked dredgers to disregard a stop work order issued to them by the Lagos State Government. In a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Mohammed Abass, in Abuja, the Federal Government said federal laws were superior to state laws as far …

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Lagos, NIWA flex muscles over waterways control

As the Lagos State Government today begins the enforcement of its Waterways Authority Laws 2008, the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) believes there is nothing to be excited about in an appeal court’s ruling on the matter. To the agency, the judgment has changed nothing, ADEYINKA ADERIBIGBE writes. Barring last minute extension, the Lagos State …

MAN backs FG, UNIDO’s campaign against use of Mercury in Mining

THE Miners Association of Nigeria, MAN, has supported the Federal Government and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, campaign against use of mercury for gold mining. This was disclosed by the National President, MAN, Shehu Sani, while explaining why the use of mercury by small scale and artisanal miners in gold mining should be stopped. …

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AMDC calls for an inclusive Mineral Sector in Nigeria

Adopting and domesticating the African Mining Vision (AMV) will contribute to laying the institutional groundwork and cementing strong accountability mechanisms that are vital for Nigeria’s plans to expand mineral investment and production. In a presentation was made during the 6th Sustainability in the Extractive Industries (SITEI) conference, hosted by CSR-in-Action in Abuja, Nigeria, John Sloan …

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Investing in Quarry Mining Plant.

The announcement by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the recently held Nigeria Mining Summit in Abuja, that the federal Government is working towards new mining sector fund of $600 million to be raised via Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) and other investors, may have opened a new vista of …

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Ghana urges Nigeria’s Government to establish Mining Company

Ghanaian government has urged its Nigerian counterpart to consider establishing a national mining company to compete actively with those in the private sector for rapid development of the sector. The Ghanaian Minister of Land & Natural Resources, John-Peter Amewu, made these comments during a stakeholder’s conference in Abuja. Amewu said Nigeria should begin to look …

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Nigerian govt. to invest N2.5 Billion in DFIs for Small Scale Miners

The Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development says it would invest N2.5 billion in development finance institutions (DFIs) as a pilot project to support small-scale miners to transit into more established miners. The Minister, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this at the sixth Sustainability in the Extractive Industries, SITEI, conference in Abuja, Thursday, said the …

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FG: Without Host Communities’ Consent, No Fresh Mining Licences will Be Awarded

Henceforth, the federal government will not issue out fresh permits to solid minerals mining firms in Nigeria to mine for more minerals if they do not have the consents of their host communities, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has disclosed. Fayemi also stated that the government has reviewed the country’s …

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