President warns non-compliant miners
From AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA president Muhammadu Buhari has warned the Federal Government would no longer tolerate illegal mining and other improper activities.
These, he said, had inhibited the growth of Nigeria’s solid minerals sector.
According to Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the President issued the warning after receiving a briefing from top officials of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development led by the Permanent Secretary, Baba Umar Farouk.
Shehu said the President noted that the mines and steel sector was very important for the diversification of the economy, expressed displeasure at the Permanent Secretary’s report that the sector had been overrun by illegal miners.
“This is one of the most demoralizing briefs I have received. The biggest threat to this country besides the Boko Haram is unemployment and the mining sector is key to employment creation,” Jonathan is quoted as saying.
“We cannot be held back on such a strategic industry that can give us much needed jobs and promote economic growth. There must be more seriousness in running this country and we are determined to instill that seriousness,” Buhari said.
– CAJ News
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