By DUMAH RANDONG
STAKEHOLDERS in the mining sector in Plateau State have been adviced to acquire mining license in order to ensure adequate and productive exploration of all mineral resources in the state.
Governor Simon Lalong gave the admonition when Chairman Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee Plateau State, Senator Davou Zang led other members of the committee on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Rayfield, Jos last Tuesday.
Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee was created by the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act 2007 under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development with membership drawn from the Federal, State and the Local Government Areas.
Governor Lalong while appreciating them for the visit said the committee was very crucial considering their assignment which was adding value to the economy through the sector.
Represented by his Deputy, Professor Sonni Tyoden. Lalong noted that although mining was under the exclusive list, the state government will partner with the committee to ensure they deliver on their mandate for the benefit of the citizens.
He pointed out that the sensitization embarked upon by the committee was very critical as currently the bulk of the mining activities were done by the informal miners and stressed the need to formalize the activities of miners so that they can get the best of the facilities available by both the Federal government and the foreign investors.
Earlier, the chairman, Senator Davou Zang appreciated the governor for the peace being enjoyed in the state which gave rise to the resumption of full mining activities in the state and disclosed that progress has been recorded in the area of sensitization between the stakeholders mining sector and host communities adding that the committee was able to resolve crisis among them and ensure the accessibility of intervention funds for miners in the state.
The chairman of the committee appealed to the state government to support them with operational vehicles and include the committee in the annual budget and payment of counterpart funds of N7 million to enable them carryout their functions.