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Engineer Sule To Bring Experience Garnered In South Africa To Reposition Mining Sector

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By Our Reporter, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule said he will bring the experiences he garnered from the international conference on mining in Cape Town, South Africa, to bear as his administration repositions the mining sector.

Engineer Sule made this know shortly after the Committee on Solid Minerals submitted its report at the Government House, on Wednesday.

The Governor described the recently held Cape Town Mining Indaba as an eye opener, especially as it provided an opportunity to parley with global mining investors and miners, adding that together with the recommendations presented by the committee, the mining sector in the state will be better positioned.

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While commending members of the committee headed by the Emir of Azara, HRH, Dr. Kabiru Musa Ibrahim, for their dedication, commitment and loyalty towards making the mining sector beneficial to the state, Engineer Sule said the recommendations proffered by the committee were in line with the policy thrust of his administration, particularly as it regards to mining.

The Governor noted that all the recommendations submitted by the committee will be effective in the mining sector, promising to follow and implement it to the letter.

“I am happy at the level of work that you are able to achieve within a very short period. I am amazed with the amount of information you have been able to gather and I am more amazed by your recommendations.

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“I have no doubt in my mind that we will follow and implement these recommendations that you clearly indicated,” Engineer Sule said.

Earlier, while presenting the report, Chairman of the committee, HRH, Dr. Kabiru Musa Ibrahim, disclosed that 338 mining titles were issued in the state, out of which only 64 are presently active.

The committee further disclosed that out of the active 64 licenses, only 35 have organized community development agreements, 10 have environmental impact assessment, while only 17 companies are paying loyalties, which explains why Nasarawa State is the least on the 13 percent derivation from the Minerals Development Fund.

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Some of the recommendations proffered by the committee include, revisiting the law domesticating mining in the state, organizing a stakeholders forum, with a view to bringing both the formal and informal miners in the state together in order to discuss on the way forward, as well as setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to handle mining activities on behalf of the state.

It would be recalled that the Committee on Solid Minerals Development was inaugurated on October 18, 2019, saddled with the responsibility of looking into the activities of both the formal and informal miners in the state, as well as proffer suggestions on the way forward, among other terms of reference.

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Tanker Explosion: Ex- Gov Bello Aide On Students Matters Omonu Joshua Commiserates With Govt., Students, Families Of Accident Victims

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Former Governor Bello Aide on Students Matters.

The immediate past Senior Special Assistant on Students Matters to Governor Yahaya Bello, has joined his voice with that of other sympathisers to commiserate with the families of the students, Felele community who were killed during a Tanker explosion which occurred at early hours on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital.

Joshua in a statement he personally signed and made available to News men prayed for eternal rest of those that died in the incident and fortitude to bear the loss on part of their families as well as quick recovery for the injured.

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He equally condoled the government and people of Kogi State where he hail the prompt response of the government to the scene.

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Kogi Inferno: Gov Obaseki Condoles With Kogi Govt, People And Wish Them Fortitude To Bear The Loss

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The newly returned Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has condoled with the government and people of Kogi State, over the tanker explosion which claimed many lives.

In the condolence message issued in Benin City, the state capital on Thursday, Obaseki said: “I condole with the government and people of Kogi State over the tanker explosion that claimed several lives.

“The explosion is an urgent reminder of the need to prioritize road and rail infrastructure development in Nigeria.”

Map of Kogi State.

The governor added: “Our hearts go out to families that lost persons and wish them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

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Just In: Another Gas Explosion Hits Lagos

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A gas explosion is currently rocking one area at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State.

According to reports gathered, many of the people who involved in the incident were injured.

The Punch reports that buildings around the scene of the explosion suffered a partial collapse. As of the time of filing this report, the details of the gas explosion were sketchy An eyewitness, Ikechukwu, said, “We just heard a loud sound around 03.30 pm and we suddenly began to see smoke.

The explosion is massive and we are not sure of the casualties but many people are injured.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident.

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He disclosed that emergency fighters have arrived at the scene of the incident. “LASEMA Response Team is at Cele Bus Stop, Iju Ishaga.

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