Lawmaker Wants End To Illegal Mining In Ijesaland

The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Solid Minerals Development to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, to ascertain the authorized and licensed miners within Ijesha South Federal Constituency of Osun State.

The directive followed the motion by the member representing Ilesa West and East, Atakumosa West and East Federal Constituency, Chief Babatunde Ayeni, on the need for the federal government to act fast on the unfriendly and unwholesome activities of artisanal and illegal miners in the area.

The House expressed concern over the rising spate of illegal mining in Ijesaland and called for proper profiling of the miners to ascertain the number of licensed operators, noting that the Nigeria Mineral and Mining Act of 2007, prohibits all forms of unauthorized exploration of mineral resources.

Filing the motion, Chief Ayeni regretted the devastating effects of the illicit mining activities on the biogeography of the area and the health of the people, submitted that if necessary measures were not taken, the situation might degenerate into anarchy.

Isaac Haastrup

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