‘China, other foreign criminal gold rush in Nigeria draining resources, worsening illegal mining, security crisis’ – Report

Nigeria’s mining sector is being exploited by foreign criminals for decades, and the extractive sector is the most recent target. According to a recent published report, the sector is diverse in mineral resources, which make a significant contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. The country is endowed with an estimated $700-billion in commercially-viable minerals, giving it the capacity to diversify its revenue sources and boost foreign exchange earnings. Minerals include barite, bitumen, iron ore, lead, zinc, coal, limestone and gold. However, it faces multiple challenges and its poor performance…

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Niger Delta: NNPC discovers 54 illegal pipeline connections, 78 unlicensed refineries

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited said 234 incidences of illegal connections, refineries, amongst others, were recorded in several oil-producing states in the Niger Delta region between September 9 to 15, 2023. NNPC said the total incidences recorded were higher compared with the 148 incidences of illegal connections and refineries reported between September 2 to 8, 2023. At the time, the oil firm said, eight illicit pipeline connections and unlawful refineries were uncovered. However, in its weekly war on crude oil documentary aired on national television on Tuesday, NNPC said…

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Federal Government issues illegal miners 30-day ultimatum

…To review mining licenses The Federal Government has issued a 30-day ultimatum to illegal miners to desist from such activities in the country. Speaking during a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, explained that all efforts to formalise unlicensed miners into cooperatives have proved abortive. He further stated that the ministry will review all mining licenses in the country as part of its transformation agenda. Other transformation agenda listed out by the minster are formation of the Nigerian Solid Minerals Cooperation, joint ventures with…

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Taraba Gov. signs Executive Order suspending mining activities  

Taraba State Governor, Agbu Kefas has signed an Executive Order suspending all mining activities in the State. The action, according to the Governor, became necessary given the danger it poses to the ecosystem, leading to the exploitation of vulnerable communities and increased crime rate, contributing to social unrest, and affecting the revenue generation of the state. Describing illegal mining as a cancer that had eaten deep into the fabric of the state, Governor Kefas stressed that the unregulated extraction of minerals had led to deforestation, soil erosion, water pollution, jeopardising…

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2022 NBA Conference: “Illegal mining as much of a danger as oil bunkering” – Gov Lalong

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has said critical steps need to be taken to tackle illegal mining which constitutes economic and security challenges to the country in most parts of the North, just as oil bunkering does in the South. Lalong disclosed this yesterday, in a press statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham, after his contribution to eliminating oil bunkering in the country at the on-going Annual National Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), held in Lagos State. According to him,…

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