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Niger miners to formalise operations

Frank  Odoom  of the Department  of  Mines  Inspectorate  in  the  Ministry  of  Mines  and  Steel  Development gave this advice to  the  leader  of  a  ministerial …

Frank  Odoom  of the Department  of  Mines  Inspectorate  in  the  Ministry  of  Mines  and  Steel  Development gave this advice to  the  leader  of  a  ministerial  task force  team  on  inspection  and  sensitization  to  Mailumba- Garin  Gabas  Mine  Site  in  Rafi  Local Government Area of Niger  State  where  gold  is  mined  and  processed.
In a statement signed by Marshall  H. Gundu, Deputy  Director of Press, Odoom  directed  that  the informal  miners  should  stop  operations  at   the mine  site  and  other  places  in  the  state  until  they  formalized  their  operations  in line  with  Nigeria’s  2007  Minerals  and  Mining  Act  and  the  2011  Mining  Regulations.
The  statement said the ministerial  task force  team  leader  assured  that  the  Ministry  of  Mines  and  Steel  Development  was  ready  to  facilitate  the  processing  of  their  applications  to  formalize  their  operations.
It said: “In  order  to  stop  the  informal  mining  of  gold  in  the  area  and  other  parts  of  Niger  State, the  task force  team  leader  said  that  security  agencies  would  be  alerted  to apprehend  their  sponsors.
It was  discovered  that  the  miners  were  mining  gold  and  processing  it  without  any  mineral  title  in  the  area.  The  miners  were  also  using   mercury  in  the  dry  milling  process  for  the  gold  ore.
“Investigation  revealed  that  the  miners  were  not  aware  of  the  health  implications  in  the  use  of  mercury  and  the  dry milling  method  for  extracting  gold.”
Two  of  the  miners, Mohammed Sani  and  Haruna  Dankano,  expressed their happiness over  the  visit  and  also expressed  the  readiness  of  their  colleagues  to  formalize  their  operations in  line  with    the   2007 Minerals  and  Mining  Act  and  the  2011 Mining  Regulations  of  the  sector.

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