Akwa Ibom State Government has said that the regulation of sand mining in the state is a call to keep our environment safe, and to make legal dredgers have value for more money.
The state Commissiiner for Environment and.Solid Minerals, Sir Charles Udoh disclosed this while playing host to the second National Vice President of Miners Association of Nigeria, Mr. Kennedy Enebeli who was on courtesy call at his Office yesterday , Thursday, 22nd April 2021
The Environment and Solid Minerals Helmsman who reiterated government unalloyed commitment to making the environment safebfurther stated that before now, sand mining was an "all comer's affair", but considering the threats this has posed to the security and infrastructures in our environment, government thought it wise to regulate the sector
According to the Commissioner some dredgers go to dredge under bridges, while some dredge deeper than 150m from the shoreline which is against the law, it became a concern to government that if the sector is not regulated, then there is an impending danger to critical infrastructures in the state
" While the State Government has said that miners all over the state should get their license from the Federal Government, for the safety of our environment, and the fact that the latter only issues licenses to miners without showing where and how the dredging should be done. It has become our responsibility to show you where and how to dredge in our state."
The commissioner thanked Mr. Enebeli and his team for the visit and promised to partner with the Association to promote a safe environment in the state
In his address, Mr. Kennedy Enebeli commended the Honourable Commissioner for his commitment to see legal miners in the state have value for more money.
He also disclosed that his visit was to apologized to the state government for the derogatory attitude of some miners in the state who are operating without proper licenses and permit and to chart a new course for dredging in the State.
The Vice President expressed satisfaction on the efforts of government and promised to do everything within his reach to put the Association in order to support government in the ongoing efforts towards the regulation of sand mining in the state.
Also present at the meeting were: the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment Mr. Nsudoh Nsudoh, Director Solid Minerals, Mrs. Emem. I. Ibokette, and Elder. Edem Obot, Chairman Miners Association, Akwa Ibom State Chapter.
Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals, Akwa Ibom State.
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