Enugu Govt Bans Illegal Mining Activities
The Enugu State Government has banned illegal mining activities across the state with immediate effect.
This followed as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, made the announcement on Friday in Enugu state, while inaugurating a committee to review mining activities in the state.
Onyia warned of dire consequences for any illegal miner that flouted the government’s directive.
He said, “Government observed that it is in the overriding interest of the public to protect the people from any hazard or pollution, and also maintain equal rights of benefits accruable from any mineral resources to Enugu people.”
According to him, the ban followed Gov. Peter Mbah’s directive on the report of the discovery of mineral resources in some communities and the mining of the resources without the government’s authorization.
The committee is headed by the Commissioner for Environment, Prof. Sam Ugwu.
Members are the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Kingsley Udeh, Special Adviser to the Governor on Energy and Resources, Kingsley Nnaji, Special Adviser to the Governor on Legal Matters, Osinachi Nnajieze, and Chief Security Officer, Government House, Mr Alex Akinlalu.
Other members include the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Onyeator Vincent, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Mainstream Media, Dan Nwomeh, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on External Relations, Uche Chukwu, and Special Assistant to the Governor on Revenue, Sandra George.
The SSG said their mandates included to identify illegal mining sites, stop all illegal mining, review all environment assessment documents for all legal mining companies and reassessment and revalidation of all mining companies in the state.