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Two Chinese nationals arrested for illegal mining in Zamfara
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Two Chinese nationals arrested for illegal mining in Zamfara

Two Chinese nationals identified as Wang and Chu, have been arrested by men of the Zamfara state police command for their alleged involvement in illegal mining of Gold at Nasarawa Burkullu village in Kwali, Bukkuyum Local Government Area (LGA).   They have been accused of going against the directive of the Federal government, that all mining activities be stopped in the state. The directive was issued on April 7th.     Confirming their arrest, the spokesperson of the state police command said the arrest followed a tip-off received by the police on April 19, that some persons including foreigners were engaged in illegal mining despite federal government’s ban on all mining activities.   “The information proved to be credible one as hundred of m...
FG To Jail Illegal Miners For Two Years Without Option Of Fine
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FG To Jail Illegal Miners For Two Years Without Option Of Fine

As part of measures being put in place to effectively regulate mining activities, the Federal Government is coming up with an all-encompassing policy to adequately unlock the potentials abound in the sector by encouraging and empowering local miners to take over the mining activities, thereby creating huge job opportunities for more Nigerian youths. Consequently, the Federal Government is currently working on Downstream Policy with a focus on mining activities centred on over 44 mineral resources for which the country is blessed, devising means through which mining activities will be boosted and combating illegal mining activities with a strict trial of any miners caught without necessary approval for mining. Speaking in Abeokuta on Tuesday during series of meetings with stakeholders...
US Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Steel And Other Metals
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US Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Steel And Other Metals

The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran following attacks on US and allied troops earlier this week, Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Friday. "The President is issuing an executive order authorizing the imposition of additional sanctions against any individual owning, operating, trading with, or assisting sectors of the Iranian economy including construction, manufacturing, textiles, and mining," Mnuchin told reporters at the White House. He noted those would be both primary and secondary sanctions and that the executive order allows the US to designate other sectors in the future. Additionally, the US is announcing 17 specific sanctions against Iran's largest steel and iron manufacturers, three Seychelles-based entities, and a vessel involved in the trans...
Osun Monarch Oluwo Meets Oyetola, Advocates Death Penalty For Kidnappers
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Osun Monarch Oluwo Meets Oyetola, Advocates Death Penalty For Kidnappers

The Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has called for death penalty for kidnappers in the state to help put an end to kidnapping. Akanbi made the call during a courtesy visit by the traditional rulers of Iwo land to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola in Osogbo on Thursday. The traditional rulers visited the governor to felicitate with him on his victory as the winner of the Sept. 2018 Governorship election, as upheld by the Supreme Court, NAN reports. The monarch said the issue of kidnapping in the state had become worrisome and demanded a harsh penalty for anyone that carried out such an evil act when apprehended. “We traditional rulers want to beg the governor on behalf of other royal fathers to strictly enforce a harsh penalty for kidnappers when apprehended. “If possible it sho...
‘We Are Under Siege, Ban Mining In Our Land’ – Osun Monarchs Beg Governor Oyetola
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‘We Are Under Siege, Ban Mining In Our Land’ – Osun Monarchs Beg Governor Oyetola

Scores of Ijesha traditional rulers in Osun State on Wednesday appealed to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to quickly put a stop to mining activities in their domains, citing security threats. The royal fathers, led by the paramount ruler of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, said the influx of illegal miners into the area had aggravated serious security breaches and tension. DAILY POST on Tuesday exclusively reported that over six thousands illegal miners and other criminal elements invaded the state from Mali between April 2017 and February 2019 posing serious security threat and apprehension amongst residents. The monarch made the appeal while paying a courtesy visit on the governor to congratulate him on his victory at the Supreme Court. He said: “It is hoped that you will ass...
Illegal Mining Vendors Pose Dangerous Threat to Osun State -Oyetola cries out
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Illegal Mining Vendors Pose Dangerous Threat to Osun State -Oyetola cries out

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has decried the activities of illegal mining vendors in the state, describing it as threat to the peace and survival of the people. Oyetola opined that the huge mineral deposits in the Osun East senatorial district of the state might not add to the economic well-being of the people living in the area, and the state at large if illegal mining was not curbed. The governor made the remarks at Ilesha, during a security meeting with critical stakeholders in Ijesha land. He said his government considered it pertinent to take creative and proactive approach in tackling any signal of security breach in the state, hence the urgency of the meeting. According to him, there are efforts in place to register every miner operatin...
Fire incident: Aiteo declares force majeure on NCTL
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Fire incident: Aiteo declares force majeure on NCTL

The management of Aiteo Eastern Exploration & Production Company Limited, an arm of Aiteo Group,has declared force majeure on Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) in Bayelsa State as a result of fire incident on the facility on Sunday. The NCTL is one of Nigeria’s major oil pipelines that evacuate crude from oil fields in the Niger Delta region. The force majeure became imperative to enable restoration of the facility. Force majeure is unforeseeable circumstance that exempts contracting parties from fulfilling their contractual obligations because such circumstance is beyond their control. Aiteo in a statement signed by its official, Mr. Ndiana Matthew, said: “We have been informed of a fire outbreak by our surveillance team comprising the Joint Task Force (JTF), Department of State Ser...
Zamfara killings: Yari reacts to Buhari govt’s Ban on Mining
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Zamfara killings: Yari reacts to Buhari govt’s Ban on Mining

The Zamfara State Government has commended the Federal Government for banning mining activities in the state to help in tackling insecurity facing the state. NAN reports that Governor Abdul’aziz Yari gave the commendation on Sunday in Talata-Mafara after a meeting with security chiefs in the state. Yari said the state government welcomed the policy by the Federal Government, describing it as good for the people of Zamfara. “Zamfara as host of these miners have not been benefiting from them and mining activities must be suspected because most of them are doing activities close to bandits’ camps and nothing is affecting them. “Therefore miners must be suspected because of these reasons. So we welcome this decision and we are going to support it,’’ he said. Yari...
FG Suspends Mining In Zamfara State Over Killings
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FG Suspends Mining In Zamfara State Over Killings

The Federal Government on Sunday suspended mining in Zamfara state following series of attacks by bandits. It also ordered foreign miners to immediately leave mining sites in Zamfara States and its environs. The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu briefed State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa Abuja. He said that any foreign miner that continues mining activities would have his license revoked. According to him, there was a nexus between activities of the bandits and illicit miners. He also disclosed that a combined team of security forces will be dispatched to the area. At the briefing was the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Director General, Department of State Services (DSS); Yusuf Bichi and Director General National Intell...
Mining Must Make Africa Rich Not Poor – Ghana’s President
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Mining Must Make Africa Rich Not Poor – Ghana’s President

Ghana’s President has said that Africa must enrich itself from its natural resources. Nana Akufo-Addo said the countries on the continent must consider adding value to its natural resources. He added that African countries must also negotiate well with mining companies. Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that Africa’s mining industry must enable the economic transformation of countries on the continent instead of make them poor. He was speaking at the 2019 edition of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, the world’s largest mining investment conference. Nana Akufo-Addo said that it is not right for Africa to be inhabited by the poorest people in the world even though the continent is so rich in minerals that are sought after by the world. He sai...
Abuja Tremor: House Of Reps Seeks Compliance With Global Standard On Mining
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Abuja Tremor: House Of Reps Seeks Compliance With Global Standard On Mining

The House of Representatives on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Environment to interface with relevant MDAs to ascertain the level of monitoring and compliance with world global standards in blasting, mining and borehole drilling. This was sequel to a motion under matters of urgent national importance by Rep. Johnson Oghuma (APC-Edo), at plenary on the “urgent need to forestall impending earthquakes in Nigeria.” Moving the motion, Oghuma expressed concern over the recent cases of earth tremor experienced in September and October in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) around Mpape and Maitama areas, raising fears of imminent earthquake. According to him, earth tremor is a form of seismic movement within the earth which occurs at a small scale but can lead to earthquakes if ...
FCT Minister Suspends Mining, Quarrying Activities In Abuja
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FCT Minister Suspends Mining, Quarrying Activities In Abuja

All quarrying/mining activities and borehole drilling have been suspended forthwith in parts of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Minister Muhammad Bello, announced yesterday. It was in reaction to the earth tremors in the territory. Affected by the quarrying/mining and borehole drilling suspension are Mpape, Gwarimpa and Garki districts. The suspension will subsist pending the outcome of investigations on the causes of the tremors. Bello yesterday paid an on-the-spot visit to Mpape, the epicentre of reported incidents of earth tremors in parts of Abuja recently. Speaking for the minister, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, assured residents that there was no cause for alarm. He said Abuja does not lie in any major seismic danger zone. The minister’s...
Fed Govt To Probe Mining Revenue In Last Six Years
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Fed Govt To Probe Mining Revenue In Last Six Years

The Federal Government is set to commence comprehensive investigation of revenues from the mining sector from 2012 to date with a view to ascertaining gaps and underpayments by operators in the last six years. Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this at the National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development (NCMMRD) meeting in Abuja on Thursday, saying that government would enforce mining laws and regulations of the country, in line with international standard. “We are starting in the ministry, a revenue management drive that will enable us to do backlog audit for the last six years of the gaps and under-payments that clearly had been the bane of this sector, over the last few years,” he said. Fayemi also said the ministry, in a bid to s...
Illegal Gold Mining Site In Kaduna
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Illegal Gold Mining Site In Kaduna

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Kayode Fayemi, yesterday visited the sites of illegal gold mining operations in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State. Fayemi said, the ministry was on a National tour on mining locations. The minister, while commenting on illegal mining, said it was a source of concern for the government, adding that steps were being taken to address the challenges. He said the government had been active in pulling together the artisanal and informal miners to reduce illegal mining.