Minister of mines and steel development, Musa Mohammed Sada has charged the inter ministerial committee for regulation of quarry and mining activities to draw a work plan for the regulation of quarry and mining operations in Abuja.
Sada gave the charge in Abuja last weekend while inaugurating an inter-ministerial technical committee for the regulation of quarry and mining activities in the FCT.
He urged the committee to draw up a working platform for his ministry and the FCT administration toward the development of the mining sector. The minister further urged the committee to ensure that a healthy regulation was worked out for quarry and mining operations in the territory.
“The current situation where quarry operations are encroaching into residential areas with a lot of them located in planned districts is unacceptable,” he said.
Director-general of the mining cadastre office, Mohammed Amate is chairman of the committee, while the director, mines and environmental compliance, Mr Umar Hassan, and would serve as its secretary.
He said the committee had four weeks to submit its report and recommendations. Responding, Amate assured that the members would justify the confidence reposed on them, and added that members would discharge their assignment with the highest degree of professionalism and turn in their report within the stipulated time.
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