Era of criminalizing illegal miners over — FG


Commences formalization workshop

Solid Minerals: Era of criminalizing illegal miners over — FG

By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja

The Federal Government on Thursday declared that the era of criminalizing illegal miners is over as it holds consultative meetings on the formalization of artisanal miners into cooperatives, and small-scale miners into larger mineral and financial enterprises.

The declaration was made by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, at the maiden public stakeholder consultative meeting of the formalization of artisanal miners and small-scale miners with the theme, ‘Developing the Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Economy’.

Adegbite said the government has made effort before the consultative meeting according to the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007, in developing the capacity of artisanal and small-scale miners who are taken to be criminals in order for them to be fully integrated into the sector, which they have huge numbers, hence should be explored to boost activities in the…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper