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“When It Comes To Mining Matters, The Host Communities Should Be Given Adequate Consideration” – Kogi MIREMCO Boss

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“When It Comes To Mining Matters, The Host Communities Should Be Given Adequate Consideration” – Kogi MIREMCO Boss

 

 

By: Maymunah Ahuoiza Zubair

 

Chairman of the Kogi State chapter of the Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee, MIREMCO, Hajiya Hassiat Ozavize Suleiman, has called for more inclusion of host Communities on issues bordering on solid minerals and mining across the Country.

Hajiya Hassiat made the call at the two-day public hearing on several Bills and Motion on Solid Mineral Development at the National Assembly, Abuja.

While speaking in support of the Solid Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission Establishment Bill 2021 sponsored by the Senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District, Sen. Yakubu Oseni, she said the Commission when created would help reposition the importance of host Communities in the sector.

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Hajiya Ozavize Suleiman, who doubles as the Chairman, Kogi State Mineral Resources Agency, opined that to bring to the barest minimum or eradicate conflicts between miners and host Communities, compensation, community development agreement, inclusiveness, making host communities shareholders in mining ventures in their communities, amongst others, should be accorded more attention, stressing that such will go a long way at creating harmonious relations between mining companies and the host Communities.

She pointed out that various issues militating against cohesive and sustainable development of mineral producing areas like Kogi State, including the lack of definitive and decentralized data of minerals across the local governments areas of the Country, would be better streamlined when the bill is passed.

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The Bill is one of several under appraisal including Nigerian Minerals Development Corporation Establishment Bill 2021, Management Establishment Bill 2021, Explosive Act 1964 Repeal and Re-enactment Bill 2021 and the urgent need to investigate the loss of 9 billion dollars annually, due to illegal mining and smuggling of gold.

The hearing was hosted by ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ผ ๐—”๐—น-๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ, Chairman Senate Committee on Solid Minerals, Mines, Steel Development and Metallurgy as well as other members of his Committee.

Senate President, Sen. ๐—”๐—ต๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—œ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—บ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป, the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development ๐——๐—ฟ. ๐—จ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ข๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ต, as well as other relevant stakeholders in the sector, attended the event.

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Unite The ruling houses and Be A Leader To all – Hon Mahmud urges New Of Emir of Gaya

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The Member representing Albasu/ Gaya and Ajingi federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya, has congratulate the new Emir of Gaya Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir on ascending the throne of the emirate.

Mahmud Gaya disclosed this in a congratulatory visit to the new emir at his residence Sunday

Hon Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya further said as Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir basks in the glory of the moment, he should remain peoplesโ€™ emir and leader to all and treat all subjects fairly in the course of discharging his duties, adding that this should be his first step to unite all members of the ruling house for the interest of emirate people.

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He added that the state government, kingmakers and peoples of the Emirate are confident that His Highness New Emir of Gaya Emirate will consolidate on the solid foundation put in place by his predecessor late Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulqadir Kirmau Mai Gabas.

 

Hon Abdullahi Mahmud Allah, and remain a Emir to all and prayed to Allah the Almighty to provide the new Emir with wisdom and guidance in the discharge of this responsibility.

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Imo Deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu Says PMB’s Visits Was An Opportunity To Glance At Projects Done So Far By Gov Hope Uzodimma

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President Muhammad Buhari recent visit to the Imo State has be commended owing to the fact that the Governor of the State, Mr. Hope Uzodimma has performed beyond expectations of electorates.ย 

The Deputy Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Amara Chyna Iwuanyanwu,ย  has weighed in on the presidential visit led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Iwuanyanwu, who is the youngest Deputy Speaker in the country, says the benefits of the presidential visit will be immense and beneficial for Imo

The Deputy Speaker declared that the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state will be of immense benefit to Imolites.

Iwuanyanwu, who represent Nwangele state constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, made the assertion during an exclusive interview.

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He said the presidential visit was an opportunity for President Buhari to see the work done so far by Governor Hope Uzodimma and his team in Imo state.

He noted that the visit will also enable the president to know what sectors he can render help to Imo and its residents henceforth.

According to the lawmaker, โ€œThere are some federal roads that the governor has embarked on that are actually state roads, but because of the viability of those roads. He has embarked on them with meager funds. โ€œSo, if the president goes back with what he has seen on ground, he can decide that the federal government should assist the State in order to do more.โ€

He said because of the good work of Gov Hope Uzodimma led administration is doing in Imo state, corruption is fighting back from all angles. He said โ€œThis presidential visit is epochal in different dimensions.

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Firstly, this is the first time in the last 12 years that we will be hosting the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, solely for the purpose of work rather than election or any other social or extra administrative reasons. โ€œThis is to say that for the first time in 12 years, the Nigerians seat of power is fully relocating to Imo state, albeit, for just a day.

The far-reaching significance of this cannot be overemphasized.โ€ Buhari is impressed with projects in Imo.

Recall that President Buhari on Thursday, September 9, expressed satisfaction at the extent of work done so far in Imo state under Governor Uzodimma. The president said that he is impressed at the kind of infrastructural development and the level of security in the state.

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He noted that the two areas in which the governor has performed well align with his Next Level vision for Nigeria.

Buhari while commendingย  Uzodimma to continue with good work, expressed satisfaction with the transformation taken place in the State.

The Deputy Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Amara Chyna Iwuanyanwu

The Deputy Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Amara Chyna Iwuanyanwu

President Buhari had earlier declared that he has seen enough to account for the good deeds of Governor Uzodimma.

Buhari made the statement during his visit to Imo where he commissioned projects carried out by the Uzodimma-led government. He added that he is fascinated by the Imo state leaderโ€™s giant strides even in the face of unforeseen circumstances.

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Bello Swears In Justice Olorunfemi As CJ Of Kogi State, With A Charge To Dispense Justice Without Fear Or Favour

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has sworn in Hon. Justice Richard.O. Olorunfemi, as the fifth Chief Judge alongside Justice Siaka Momoh Jimoh Usman as the President Customary court of Appeal with a charge on them to execute all functions of the Judiciary without fear or favour.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, also urged the confirmed Chief Judge and the President of the Customary Court of Appeal to ensure the dispensation of justice in accordance with the constitution, the law, and the Kogi state administration of justice law.

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Recall that Kogi State has within the last fourteen months sworn in three Chief Judges after the demise of Justice Nasiru Ajanah.

Chief Onoja said the Judiciary is a core arm of government that complement others for in the fulfilment of checks and balance in governance, absence of which the much touted democracy will not flourish.

The Deputy Governor explained that as a democratic set up, Kogi state government will continue to accord respect for the judiciary and necessary support to enable it perform maximally in the interest of the people.

Kogi State Deputy Governor, Speaker and other leaders at the event

Kogi State Deputy Governor, Speaker and other leaders at the event

He also disclosed that the appointment of the Chief Judge and the President Customary Court of Appeal were done in accordance with the laid down rules as they passed they passed through the ladder of service and wealth of experience.

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Honourable Justice Richard Olorunfemi, thanks Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, NJC, NJI and the entire Judiciary as well as the Kogi state House of Assembly for their contributions to their being elevated to the present positions.

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