The Federal Government has swiftly mobilized first responders to the scene of a collapsed mining site in Galadima Kogo, Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State, demonstrating its commitment to mitigating the incident’s adverse impact and rescuing those trapped in the rubble.

According to a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Segun Tomori, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, emphasized the government’s proactive response.

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“Upon learning of the incident, we mobilized our Federal Mines Officer (FMO) and officials of the Mines Inspectorate to the site.

In collaboration with the mining company, we have rescued seven victims, some with injuries.

Rescue operations with excavators are ongoing to ensure we avert loss of lives,” Alake stated.

The Minister recently announced a policy requiring mining pits to have remedial measures as part of the criteria for applying for mining licenses.

This policy aims to minimize such accidents in the future.

The Minister is closely monitoring the situation at the mining site operated by African Minerals and Logistics Ltd.

He assured Nigerians of the Federal Government’s commitment to investigating the root causes of the disaster to prevent a recurrence.