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Plateau Govt to Issue License to Illegal Miners-Commissioner

Commissioner of Environment and Solid Minerals Plateau state ,Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas

BY: Umar Abdullahi, Jos

Plateau state commissioner of environment and solid minerals Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas has stated that the government is committed to issue licence to illegal miners in order curtail illegal mining activities.

Abdullahi Abbas disclose this to journalists yesterday during a capacity building workshop on solid minerals organized by Nigeria Export Promotion Council,North Central Export Assistance Center,Jos held at Nigeria institute of mining and Geosciences,Tudun Wada of Jos.

The theme of the workshop was "Revitalising the solid minerals sector in plateau state for increased Export earnings"

Abbas noted that the initiative of the workshop is a welcome development to the plateau  state and revealed the outcome of the meeting with stakeholders on how to move the mining forward in the state.

"I visited some mining areas at inzurwa and Gimbi of Wase LGA and also discussed at the government level that illegal miners should be issue licence and supplement to stop such an illegality act" he said.

Earlier,the regional coordinator Mr Nanakaan Saave in his welcome address speech express desire that the solid minerals sector is one that hold much promise as it has been making reasonable contribution to the nations foreign exchange.

According to him ITC data for 2015,of Nigeria's total export of $53.9 billion,solid minerals and related product contributed over $427 million.

He, however, explained that much money put against the high level of nations endowment in this sub-sector will be far cry from its minimum export potentials.

Saave lamented over the poor living condition of its members from several handicap resulted to lack of trade information,poor access to finance, multiple levies,and increased operational cost by way of calling on government to interact and chart a way forward for the subsector.

The coordinator therefore requested for support of the forum of government should assist in further enhancing the subsectors capacity to produce high quality output that will attract premium price in the international market to boosting export of oil plan of the NEPC.
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