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Buhari Angry Over Illegal Mining, Reads Riot Act To Mines Ministry

Posted: Aug 5, 2015 at 10:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Federal Government will no longer tolerate illegal mining and other improper activities that have inhibited the growth of Nigeria’s solid minerals sector, President Muhammadu Buhari warned on Tuesday.

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.

Buhari who noted that the mines and steel sector was very important for the diversification of the economy, expressed displeasure at Farouk’s report that the sector had been overrun by illegal miners.

The President said: “This is one of the most demoralising 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.

“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.”

The Permanent Secretary told the President that Nigeria’s mining  sector has been infiltrated by  “illegal aliens” who carry out unlawful mining activities in the country.