Measures to Tackle Illegal Mining Threatening National Security

Illegal mining to be tackled by the Federal Government who inaugurated a 14-member National Taskforce Committee to draft a framework that would guide mining activities in the country. The committee is chaired by the National Security Adviser, NSA, Babagana Monguno.

The Taskforce set up on November 25, 2021, had terms of references to develop a framework for vetting prospective miners who would undertake mining activities in states where mining activities are taking place.

It is also charged with conducting background checks and selecting the prospective companies forwarded by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Solid Mineral Development for mining in Zamfara and other states.

At the committee’s inauguration, Monguno was optimistic that some of the security challenges that informed the decision to ban mining activities in Zamfara, Plateau and other states would be curtailed once the committee comes up with a framework.

Recall that in Nov. 2019, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, informed the National Economic Council that the federal government had renewed the Presidential Mines Surveillance Task Force to curb illegal mining and environmental degradation.

The Task Force operates in all federation states and is responsible for plugging revenue leakages and institutionalising the National Council of Mining and Mineral Resources Development.

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