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Alake, Badaru fine-tune plans to secure mining areas in Nigeria

Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development (r), and Abubakar Badaru, His Defence Ministry Counterpart After a Closed Door Meeting to Finetune Plans to Secure Mining Areas in Nigeria        Photo: State House

*Dr. Oladele Alake, Minister for Solid Minerals Development, and Abubakar Badaru, his Defence counterpart, are currently putting finishing touches to new security architecture to secure mining areas across the West African country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In line with the Ministry’s ongoing plan to develop and maximise the inherent potential of the sector in Nigeria, Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development, and Abubakar Badaru, his Defence counterpart, are putting finishing touches to plans to secure mining areas in the country.

Segun Tomori, Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development on Media, in a statement issued Friday, December 15, 2023, disclosed for the second time in less than three weeks, Badaru came calling at the Alake’s office Thursday, where he and Badaru held a closed door meeting.

Inter-ministerial collaboration to secure mining sites

The statement noted that Badaru, after the meeting, said that the parley was in furtherance of collaboration to secure mining sites across Nigeria.

He reiterated the resolve of President Bola Tinubu’s administration to wipe out the activities of illegal miners and attendant banditry in the mining areas.

The Minister for Defence noted: “The country needs to make huge revenue from mining, but insecurity is bedevilling the industry.

“That is why the Minister is pushing so hard for us to provide serious protection around the mining areas.

“That is why we discuss always to see how we can protect the mining environment, bring lasting peace to the country, so that mining will flourish and the country will earn the much needed foreign exchange from the sector.”

On new security architecture for mining areas

The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development stated that Badaru also threw more light on enquiries about the proposed new security architecture.

The Minister for Defence restated that plans are underway for clearance operations at flash points as a prelude to the deployment of the specialised mining police in Nigeria.

In respect of timelines for clearance operations, Badaru revealed that preparations had reached an advanced stage.

According to him, there is collaboration with the Ministry of Solid Minerals to get the data of all mining sites to enable coordinated security operations across the West African country.

Speaking on the meeting with his Defence counterpart, Dr. Alake read the riot act, for the umpteenth time, to illegal miners and their sponsors, said Tomori.

The Minister was quoted to have declared that the economic saboteurs’ days are numbered.

He further restated the Federal Government’s commitment to bringing the full weight of the law to bear on those that do not desist from these nefarious activities, the statement noted.

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