Reps urge FG to declare state of emergency

Complains that illegal miners are reducing Nigeria’s stake in the solid minerals and other raw materials sectors

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The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on solid minerals development to investigate the activities of miners, their collaborators and sponsors.

The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the mining sector.

Leadership reports the call is sequel to a motion moved by Hon. Solomon Bulus Marengo, in which he said some companies in Nigeria were involved in illegal mining of solid minerals deposits across the country.

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Solomon Bulus Marengo complained that illegal miners were reducing Nigeria’s stake in the solid minerals and other raw materials sectors.

He said the illegal act was depriving the country of about 500,000 jobs for the teeming youths.

The lawmaker said illegal miners do not contribute to the development of the host communities as part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

He said their activities leaves communities devastated, impoverished and exposed to hazardous environmental conditions.

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Sequel to the motion raised by Marengo, the House mandated its committee on solid minerals development to investigate the activities of miners, their collaborators and sponsors.

It also asked the committee to ascertain the extent of the involvement of both local and foreign firms in the illegal exploration and exploitation of the sector and report back in four weeks.

Meanwhile, the office of embattled lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, former chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee has been sealed by security operatives.

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Jibrin’s office in the House was sealed following his suspension after he failed to appear before the Ethics Committee in relation to his allegations of budget padding against the principal officers.

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