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Nigeria gets mining marshals to tackle illegal miners

Nigeria gets mining marshals to tackle illegal miners

Nigeria’s minister of solid minerals development, Dele Alake, has unveiled a security architecture known as mining marshals on Thursday in Abuja.

In an effort to secure the country’s mining sites, 2,220 men were inaugurated to carry out the operation tagged ‘Hayakin Kogo’ to smoke out illegal miners and all those who flout the nation’s mining laws.

While receiving the marshals drawn from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) from the Commandant-General, Abubakar Audi who represented the minister of interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Alake charged the new operatives to stem theft and all nefarious activities around the nation’s mineral resources so that the nation can reap maximum benefits from its God-given resources.

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According to him,  “Today’s event of unveiling and formally handing over the specially trained and selected civil defence structure to engage illegal miners and sanitise our mining environment was also part of what we conceived at the inter-ministerial committee chaired by me. I am very happy to let the public know that from the outset we said are going to tackle insecurity in the mining sector and the first batch of the security apparatus is what we are launching today.”

It would be recalled that as a result of the efforts of the presidential inter-ministerial committee on securing natural resources chaired by Alake, the minister of interior few weeks ago launched the NSCDC-led mines marshal, which represents the first layer of the new security architecture to secure the mining environment.

Alake commended Olubunmi-Ojo for putting words to actions and working tirelessly with the solid minerals ministry to achieve the feat even as he said talks are ongoing with police authorities to join the marshals.

READ ALSO: Alake’s tar sands, Umahi’s concrete

With a command structure spread across the 36 states and the FCT, he said the marshal will have their command and control domiciled in the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development.

In his remarks, NSCDC Commandant-General, Abubakar Audi stated that the new mines marshal will give verve to the corps’ mandate of protecting national assets and infrastructure in which solid minerals is a major component.

“We have a list of illegal miners across the nation, and we will go after them. Their days are now numbered, “Audi declared.

READ ALSO: Alake’s tar sands, Umahi’s concrete

The chairman, House Committee on Solid Minerals, Jonathan Gbefwi expressed satisfaction with the new security outfit, noting that with improved security around mining areas, Nigeria’s economic fortunes is bound for a forward leap.

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