By Namu Sanusi
Artisanal mining communities have been admonished to lawfully form cooperative societies, to seek for the protection of their fundamental rights in Nigeria.
Progamme Manager, Global Rights Mr Adeolu Kilanko stated this at a one-day inauguration of mining host communities of Jos North, Jos South, Barkin Ladi, and Riyom LGAs of the state, held at Crest Hotel in Jos. He said today what is obtainable on artisan manning is highly risky with hazardous consequences impacting on ill health on both miners as well as community members, without any form of health insurances, I and compensation and community development according to him Global Rights, is advocating for the interpretation of C.D.As into local languages to suit the reality of a particular community a large scale mining is taking place.
“As artisan mining communities, you must form cooperative societies, to be able to fight for your Rights”’ he said it is only when cooperatives are formed that you will be able to even identify who is making illegal mining.
Kilanko said the Global right is out to enlighten the mining communities on their Rights as to the benefits of mining activities in their individual communities, and also helped them to form communities from where they can bring to engage at all levels.
A participant from Jos South Mallam Ali Ali said Global Rights, need to intensify awareness campaign down to the local levels, on their mining rights.
He added that the issue of litigation might not be the best option, “because along the way some people might become fatigue to let go the struggle”.
These mining laws need to be domesticated to suit the understanding of the local miners.