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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Congo reinstates VAT on imports for Mining Companies

Congo has reinstated a value added tax on mining company imports, the chamber of mines said on Saturday, part of what miners say is a deteriorating business climate in the country. Democratic Republic of Congo’s government agreed to suspend the tax in July 2016 to help companies during a commodity price downturn, and to pay …

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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Gold could be used in Cancer treatment, researchers say

A team of scientists at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Zaragoza found that a tiny medical device containing gold specks could boost the effects of lung cancer medication and reduce its harm. The group, led by Dr. Asier Unciti-Broceta from the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre, worked on encasing gold nanoparticles in …

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 …

FMMSD asks dredgers to disregard Lagos State “Stop Work” Order

The attention of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has been drawn to a recent ruling of the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos and several reports ascribed to various officials of the Lagos State Government regarding a purported stop work order issued to duly licensed dredgers operating in the state.   While our …

16 miners missing after Alrosa accident

Rescue teams are searching for 16 workers missing in a mine owned by Russian diamond miner Alrosa after the pit flooded on Friday, the company said. A total of 102 miners have been brought to the surface and another 33 miners have been located in the mine in Yakutia in eastern Siberia and are being …

Diamond industry’s projection before year-end

After a very strong recovery following an industry-wide inventory buildup in 2014-2015 and again after India’s demonetization in late-2016, the diamond industry’s momentum has begun to stall, or perhaps normalize is the proper verbiage. Here we are little more than half way through 2017, and industry fundamentals are not necessarily negative, but signals are mixed …

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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