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Minister directs new marshals to smoke out illegal miners

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Solid Minerals Minister Dele Alake

Solid Minerals Minister Dele Alake

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake, has directed mining new marshals drawn from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to smoke out illegal miners and all those who flout the nation’s mining laws.

Alake gave the directive while inaugurating the first batch of mining marshals drawn from the NSCDC to combat illegal mining.

He said that 60 marshals have been specially trained and deployed to the 36 states across the federation and the Federal Capital Territory

The minister said that the newly activated Mining Marshal Corp, which currently has 2,220 personnel, is an inter-agency security outfit established to secure the mining environment.

He said that plans are underway for other security sister agencies to integrate their officers in to the outfit structure across the country for a robust output.

According to the minister, the ministry plays a pivotal role in supporting the operations of the mine marshals to ensure their success.

He said that effective intelligence gathering through the mines inspectorate, harnessing valid data of troubled mining areas and giving the requisite directives for precise operations were necessary factors for the coordination of the activities of the marshals.

NAN reports that the minister had earlier held a closed-door meeting with the Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru, to discuss securing the mining environment.

Badaru stated that the federal government was already making a headway in routing illegal miners as clearance operations had commenced in some troubled spots.

NAN reports that President Bola Tinubu set up a presidential Inter-ministerial committee on Jan.17 to produce a blue print for securing Nigeria’s natural resources.

The key resources include mineral sites, marine economy and the forest.

(NAN)

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