Geological Survey Agency Condemns Killing Of Miners in Kaduna

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Enterprise Television – Geological Survey Agency Condemns Killing Of Miners in Kaduna

The Director-General of the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, (NGSA), Mr Alex Nwegbu has condemned in strong terms, the unprovoked attack on miners in Janruwa community of Kaduna State.

In a statement signed by the Director, Nigerian Geosciences Information Center; for the Director-General, Mrs Bola Akinwande, the sad event which led to the death of 14 miners, took place on Saturday 28th April 2018.

The DG described the incident as very unfortunate as it happened at a time when government is doing so much to ensure that miners in the country are provided with all necessary paraphernalia needed to get the best outcome on efforts.

In his words, “I recall that only recently, government strengthened security in the minefields by providing several vehicles to mines inspectorate officers across the states of the federation as well as strengthening the inter-ministerial Special Mines Surveillance Task Force (SMSTF). These efforts are aimed at bringing to the barest minimum mine related crimes”

He added that “Other programmes of government are the World Bank-funded Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (MinDiver) which has as one of its key targets, the provision of facility support to mines operators in the country.

“Government has also provided the sum of five-billion-naira intervention fund for mining value chain support. This is a joint effort between the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and the Bank of Industry”.

Stating that the commitment of Government to the well-being of miners in the country cannot be questioned especially at this very crucial time when programmes to re-invigorate the mining sector is gaining traction, he said “it is therefore disheartening to hear that while the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is making and executing serious policy decisions for the betterment of the sector, some retrogressive forces aim to kill miners”

“It is even more unnerving to know that at any given time, the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency has several personnel on the field gathering geoscientific data that will be useful in guiding government and investors in the realization of Nigeria’s economic diversification agenda.

“We understand how it hurts, yet we want to call on all stakeholders not to be distracted by this very unfortunate incident, but to continue to work together toward the actualization of set goals for development of the mining sector.

“We commiserate with the Janruwa Community, Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the families of those who lost their lives in the attack.”

The DG while appealing for calm assured that security agencies are working to bring the culprits to book.