The Nasarawa State Government has recently taken decisive action against Trimadix Geomin Consult Limited, ordering the cessation of their operations at the Amba mining site in Kokona Local Government Area due to their unlawful activities.

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Mr. Tim Eldon, representing Trimadix Geomin Consult Limited, expressed dissatisfaction with governmental involvement during a press event held in Jos, Plateau State last Friday. However, during a briefing in Lafia, the state capital on Wednesday, Mr. Kwanta Yakubu, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, reiterated the government’s commitment to addressing illegal mining practices in the region. He underscored that any mining enterprise found contravening Executive Order 02 of 2022, enacted by Governor Abdullahi Sule, would be subject to closure.

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The government’s action was prompted by a petition from a local community leader regarding unauthorized mining within his jurisdiction, which Yakubu noted posed potential threats to peace and security. He commended the collaboration of law enforcement agencies in enforcing the executive order to uphold tranquility in Nasarawa State. Yakubu highlighted, “On April 19, 2024, the Nasarawa State Government, in conjunction with security forces, secured the Amba community against illicit mining activities that could disrupt the area.”

He further elaborated that under the terms of the Executive Order, mining firms approved by the federal government must undergo scrutiny by the state’s environmental and mining ministry, as well as other security agencies, to validate their legal standing before commencing operations.

The commissioner emphasized the government’s ongoing efforts to educate stakeholders within the mining sector about regulatory measures aimed at enhancing security and environmental standards in mining communities throughout the state.

He assured that while promoting opportunities for investment and economic growth, the government remains resolute in eradicating illegal mining activities across all local government areas. “We prioritize the safety of our citizens and are unwavering in enforcing the Executive Order to protect our communities from exploitation by unauthorized mining entities,” Yakubu concluded.

He confirmed that the Amba mining site would remain inactive until licensed and reputable investors approved by both the community and the state government are permitted to operate in the region.

 

 

 

Victoria Ibiama