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FG Deploys 3,000 NSCDC Personnel To Illegal Mining Sites

Posted: Feb 26, 2016 at 7:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Ministry of Interior said that 3,000 Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel had been deployed in monitor mining sites nationwide to curb illegal mining operations.

Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, Minister of Interior, gave the hint while receiving the two Ministers of Solid Minerals Development, Mr Kayode Fayemi and Alhaji Abubakar Bwari in Abuja.

He said the security agents would not only monitor illegal miners but would also fish out their sponsors, to achieve the diversification plan of Mr. President from crude to solid minerals.

He also said the ministry would add more security agents such as the Customs Services, Immigration to the NSCDC to monitor illegal exportation of minerals at the airports and borders.

Dambazau said there was need to fully support the solid minerals development because minerals would soon become the cash cow of Nigeria.

He warned the security agents that would be deployed in different mining locations not to collaborate with illegal miners, as anyone found smuggling minerals would be treated as a criminal.

He said the interior ministry would only issue foreign miners visas if their aims were genuine and approvals were given by the Ministry of Solid Minerals.

Mr. Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals Development, had said the visit was to strengthen the existing relationship of both ministries and for the interior ministry to help in mining sites surveillance.

Fayemi said the interior ministry had the capacity to assist the ministry to curb illegal miners, as they intruded into the lands allocated to licensed owners.

He said the ministry would train the security agents on how to identify different minerals to enable them to stop illegal exportation of minerals.