Kogi Prohibits Traditional Rulers from issuing consent letters to miners.
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has prohibited all traditional rulers in the State from issuing consent letters to Miners without approval by the government, while the existing consent letters will be reviewed
The prohibition became imperative following the federal government’s order revoking some fraudulent miners’ licences and those described as ” portfolio investors”, as such Kogi State has no option than to key into the federal government policies and pronouncement to sanitise the sector.NIA DG applauds Bello’s infrastructural, economic achievements.
The Governor handed down the prohibition order on Thursday during the Stakeholders sensitization and meeting with Traditional Rulers on Issues of mining Consent Letters and Community Development Agreements, held on Thursday at government house, Lokoja.
While appreciating the traditional rulers’ cooperation and understanding throughout his tenure, the Governor charged them to be in complete control over their domains, stressing that they must know all the residents including visitors to their land.
The governor said there are several activities including illegal mining of gold, coal, lithium of which if channelled through due process would place the state government financially independent. Kogi NYCN Lauds Solid Minerals Commissioner, Bashir Gegu for his roles on peaceful emergence of new Ohimegye Igu-Koton-karfe
He said due to illegal mining, after the exploitation, the sites became desolate and haven for criminals, where some unwholesome activities are being carried out to the detriment of the society.
The Governor pointed out that some criminals hide under the guise of miners, ending up training and initiating young persons into several criminal activities.
“Land is one of the greatest factors of production, therefore, safeguarding it is necessary. If caution is thrown to the winds, you’ will become an alien in your land. Some communities are already completely displaced “, the Governor warned.
Bello lamented that despite the gains from the crude exploitation of the land, the so called ‘investors’ were not contributing towards the development of the communities in all aspects of developments.
While he urged the Royal Fathers to have comprehensive list of activities taking place in their lands and waterways, they should also collaborate with relevant government officials in the discharge of any land related activities.Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Bello salutes gallant military for national unity.
He equally urged the incoming government to sign a new law that will be stringent including tax on miners., before exploiting any mineral from Kogi.
Earlier in his address, Kogi state Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, Engineer Mohammed Abubakar Bashir Gegu, said the Royal Fathers hold the key to the success or failure of the economy and security administration of the state.
Engineer Gegu reminded the Monarchs of their closeness to the grassroots which has enable them to interact closely with the people, as such they remain the frontline stakeholders in the management of the economic build up, security, peaceful and mutual coexistence in the society and every community.
He also reechoed the Governor’s directive that Traditional Rulers are banned from issuance of consent letters to mining investors without clearance from the Ministry of Solid Minerals and Natural Resources.
The Commissioner said the decision will address the effect of environmental degradation associated with mining activities coupled with security checks, and Community Development Agreement CDA.
The law stipulates that before any company commences mining, it has to submit statutory environmental documents on
Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental processing, Rehabilitation programme, Community Development Agreement
In his goodwill, Chief Solomon Owoniyi, Obaro of Kabba, said the partnership with the Monarchs is timely as there are illegal miners all over the places, and they have been causing a lot of security challenges.