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FG to Assist Communities Reclaim Lands Damaged through Mining Activities

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Minister of Solid Minerals and Chairman of NEITI Board, Kayode-Fayemi

Minister of Solid Minerals Kayode-Fayemi

The Federal Government says it has made provisions in the 2016 budget to help communities reclaim lands damaged through open cast mining.

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said this at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja.

According to him, the ministry has a law that gives conditions for environmental complaints.

“Talking specifically about the conditions in places like Jos and Enugu, if you look our budget this year, you will see specific allocation for reclamation of those mines that have been damaged through open cast mining.

We feel that in areas where mining is no longer taking place, we really should assist the community and the constituencies to reclaim the land and put it back to use and we are doing it within the limit of resources available to the ministry,” he said.

He said the ministry was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Environment to address the lead poisoning problem in Niger and Zamfara states.

Fayemi said that in an effort to address complaints on the damaged lands, the ministry had a directorate dedicated to entertaining environmental complaints.

“We have environmental complaints offices in every state of the federation in the country to monitor and then report back to us what is happening. They will find out if the companies that are operating under the mining act adhere strictly to the provision of our environmental complaints directorate,” Fayemi added.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

2 Comments

  1. Tosin

    May 26, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    hot!

  2. fleur

    May 27, 2016 at 3:58 am

    Mining has never left a positive legacy. The current government’s interest in mining is going to plunge other communities in the same dark hole with the end being sovereign wealth will be used to clean up the mess while the profiteers run with their profit.

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