The Federal Government has warned foreign operators who sponsor banditry in order to execute illegal mining in the country.
This wasrning was issued through a statement by the ministry of solid minerals’ Head, Press & PR, Alaba Balogun, on Friday.
The Minister, Mr. Dele Alake, issued the warninng when a delegation of the Nigeria-China Chamber of Mines led by its National President, Dr.Olugbenga Ajala paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.
He was quoted as saying, “The government will come down firmly on these unscrupulous foreign operators sponsoring banditry to perpetrate illegal mining: let me use this medium to appeal through you to tell those sponsors to desist or face the full wrath of the law.”
He re-iterated that the government has given illegal miners 30-days grace to become legitimate to continue in their trade.
According to him, this will help “to streamline and structure the Small-Scale Artisanal Miners for maximum yield to the Federal Government.”