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Nigerian Government moves to minimise impact of mining operations on consumers, environment

Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development (l) and Balarabe Abbas Lawal, Honourable Minister for Environment Photo: State House

*Dr. Oladele Alake, Minister for Solid Minerals Development, reiterates the Federal Government’s commitment to securing mining areas across Nigeria, while removing impediments to seamless operations, and ensuring that mining processes conform to global standards

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

As the former intensifies effort at maximising the mining sector, the Federal Ministries of Solid Minerals Development and Environment are strengthening collaboration to ensure that mining operations in Nigeria have minimal adverse impact on consumers, means of livelihood, and the environment in line with international best practices.

Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development, stated this while receiving Balarabe Abbas Lawal, Honourable Minister for Environment, in his office in Abuja, FCT.

Segun Tomori, Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, in a statement issued Monday, January 15, 2024, noted Dr. Alake reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to securing mining areas while removing impediments to seamless operations and ensuring mining processes conform to global standards of negligible harmful impact on the environment.

Speaking during the visit, Lawal also emphasised that issues around security in mining sites and the need to

protect the environment from degradation as a result of mining operations dominated deliberations with the Minister for Solid Minerals.

The Minister for Environment also said: “Recently, the Minister launched a solid minerals roadmap, which I think took care of the issue of the environment because whenever there is mining, the environment will be affected one way or the other.

“So, we are working very closely to see that whatever is being done will be within the limit of tolerable impact on the environment.”

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