OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed for second reading a bill to establish a School of Mines and Geological Studies in Edo State.

The bill was sponsored by Peter Akpatason (APC, Edo State).

In his debate, Akpatason noted that Nigeria is endowed with large deposits of solid minerals such as limestone, gemstones, kaolin, tin and iron-ore amongst others.

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He informed the House that mining currently accounts for a paltry 0.3% of Nigeria’s GDP and stressed that it is imperative for Nigeria to establish the to provide the necessary research and professional basis to help in the diversification of the nation’s economy.

Nnenna Ukeje (PDP, Abia) in her submission said the bill is line with the situation Nigeria finds itself today since the price oil is dwindling.

The bill was further referred to the House Committee on Solid Minerals for further legislative inputs by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

Meanwhile, the House passed a resolution inviting all stakeholders in the process of mapping, licencing, mining and exportation of solid minerals in order to determine the extent of compliance with the Mining Act, 2007.

Sponsor of the motion, Lovette Idisi (PDP, Delta) said illegal mining and exportation of minerals are taking place in the country in clear violation of Section 7 of the Act, which requires any person wishing to export solid minerals to obtain a permit.

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