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Bauchi, Federal Mines Office seal Gwana District mining site

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By Akanji Alowoludo, Bauchi

Bauchi State Ministry of Natural Resources in collaboration with relevant bodies in the mining sector has sealed the abandoned mining site in Gwana District of Alkaleri Local Government Area of the State.

The decision was to restore order by mitigating all the illegal activities taking place in the mining site towards protecting the interest of all the parties involved including the company “Imperial Joint Venture Company” (IJV) that granted approval to embark on the activities in the area, host communities as well as an Indian firm named Cosmic Metal which sought to takeover the abandoned site after IJV vacated since the recent advent of Covid-19 pandemic. 

A statement by the Information Officer, Bauchi State Ministry of Natural Resources noted the Commissioner, Muhammed Maidawa Bello after meeting with the stakeholders constituted a five-man committee to include the Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairman, representative of the Federal Mine office Bauchi, the State Commandant of Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp NSCDC and Village Head of Gwana to investigate the matter in two weeks and provide adequate security around the area.

The statement further contained that when the India company moved to takeover operations in the site there was a strong resistance from the host communities who claimed that there are pending agreements between them and former mining firm.

These among other controversial issues related to the mining site required urgent intervention to forestall order and guarantee adequate security of all the parties involved.

The statement added that Bauchi State Government and the Ministry of Natural Resources remained committed to fostering harmony through active collaboration with critical stakeholders towards ensuring a sustainable peace.

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