By Nsikak Evans

OrderPaperToday – The Senate has said Nigeria loses about Four Trillion Naira (N4tn) annually to illegal mining activities.

It has in this regard, urged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase and other law enforcement agencies to live up to their responsibilities by arresting and prosecuting illegal miners in order to save the economy from further haemorrhage.

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The red chamber also urged Government all levels to take concrete steps to end illegal mining activities.

These resolutions were made sequel to a motion by Senator representing Ekiti State, Duro Faseyi seeking an end to illegal mining in the country.

Senator Faseyi drew the attention of the senate to what he described as “worrisome and unlawful plundering’’ of the nation’s solid minerals sector by local and foreign illegal miners.

He claimed that illegal mining had resulted in the loss of over eight trillion by the nation lamenting that this had impacted adversely on the already ailing economy.

The lawmaker told his colleagues that illegal mining was thriving in Nigeria because of weak legislations and poor enforcement.

He also said that illegal mining had resulted in the devastation and pollution of the environment, leading to the death of hundreds of Nigerians, with thousands sick or wounded.

The Senate unanimously supported the motion and mandated its Committee on Solid Minerals to carry out investigation into the issues and report back in two weeks.



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