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Mining: Why Zamfara bars traditional rulers from issuing consent letters –Official

Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State (seated) Signs an Executive Order Prohibing Traditional Rulers from Issuing Consent Letters on Mining in the State

*Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State signs an Executive Order prohibiting traditional rulers from issuing consent letters for mining operations, in order to stop one of the worst trends in the fight against banditry in the Northern state of Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In a move to reinforce the ongoing fight against banditry, Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State has signed an Executive Order (EO) prohibiting traditional rulers from issuing consent letters for mining operations.

Governor Lawal signed the Executive Order Thursday, January 18, 2024, in the Council Chambers of the Government House, in Gusau, Zamfara State capital.

ConsumerConnect reports President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Wednesday also set up an Inter-ministerial Committee, led by Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development, to design a strategic plan to secure mineral resource-bearing sites in the West African country.

Sulaiman Bala Idris, Zamfara Governor’s Spokesperson, in a statement, also disclosed that Lawal signed the Executive Order to stop one of the worst trends in the fight against banditry.

According to him, the order has banned all consent letters for mining. “This includes consent letters to individuals, companies, or organisations for mining activities,” the governor stated.

In his remarks, while signing the order, Governor Lawal reiterated that the decision was made due to the severe dangers posed by the rampant issuance of the consent letters.

Lawal said: “Today, in my administration’s resolve to tackle insecurity, I signed an executive order prohibiting traditional rulers from issuing consent letters for mining across the 14 local government areas of Zamfara.

“As the Attorney General rightly stated, the mining activities in Zamfara have been identified as a significant factor contributing to the worsening security situation of the state, especially the menace of banditry.”

The governor further noted: “As a responsible government, it is crucial that we take decisive action to resolve the issue of illegal mining operations that have been contributing to the crisis. “That’s why I have signed the Executive Order. We are taking all necessary steps to rectify the problems bedevilling the issuance of consent letters, which have been recklessly abused.

“We beseech Almighty Allah to guide us as we serve and safeguard the lives and property of the people.”

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