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Gov. Sule pledges to use South Africa experience to re-position mining sector

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State said he would bring to bear the experiences he got from the international conference on mining in Cape Town, South Africa, in the repositioning of the state mining sector by his administration.

Sule said this shortly after the state’s Committee on Solid Minerals submitted its report to him at the Government House, Lafia, on Thursday.

He described the conference held recently as an eye opener, especially as it provided an opportunity to parley with global mining investors and miners, adding that together with the recommendations presented by the committee, the mining sector in the state would be better re-positioned.

He commended members of the committee headed by the Emir of Azara, Dr Kabiru Musa-Ibrahim, for their dedication, commitment and loyalty toward making the mining sector beneficial to the state.

The governor said the recommendations of the committee were in line with the policy thrust of his administration, particularly as it regards mining.

He said all the recommendations would be effective in the mining sector, promising to follow and implement them to the latter.

Earlier, while presenting the report, Chairman of the committee, Emir of Azara, Musa-Ibrahim, disclosed that 338 mining titles were issued in the state, out of which only 64 were presently active.

The committee further disclosed that out of the active 64 licenses, only 35 had organised community development agreements, 10 have environmental impact assessment, while only 17 companies are paying loyalties, which explains why Nasarawa State was the least on the 13 percent derivation from the Minerals Development Fund.

Some of the recommendations proffered by the committee include, revisiting the law domesticating mining in the state, organizing a stakeholders forum, with a view to bringing both the formal and informal miners in the state together in order to discuss on the way forward, as well as setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to handle mining activities on behalf of the state.

It would be recalled that the Committee on Solid Minerals Development was inaugurated on Oct. 18, 2019, saddled with the responsibility of looking into the activities of both the formal and informal miners in the state, as well as proffer suggestions on the way forward, among other terms of reference.

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf

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