FG endorses Enugu govt’s plan on mining compliance

The federal and Enugu state governments on Friday agreed to set up a Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) in the state to monitor mining companies’ compliance with environmental standards.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development’s special assistant on media, Segun Tomiri.

The statement indicated that the move intensified the collaboration to enhance the development of the mining sector in the coal-rich state.

It added that while hosting the Enugu state governor, Peter Mbah, in his office, the minister, Dr. Dele Alake, emphasised the state’s historic economic significance during the colonial era and highlighted its potential for renewed economic prominence through solid minerals. 

“Now that we have our own independence of thought and action, Enugu is the way to go. We are collaborating with Enugu and other states to ensure that the benefits accruable from the solid minerals sector are available to all Nigerians,” he said.

In his remarks, Governor Mba said his administration was committed to harnessing the state’s vast mineral resources in partnership with the federal government, adding that this necessitated his visit.

He thanked the minister for his decision to accelerate the state’s plan to set up MIREMCO towards addressing the menace of illegal mining, while lauding him for his support in expediting the process.

“The minute the minister received my application on setting up MIREMCO, he immediately called the relevant officer and mandated him to ensure the process for the establishment of the committee is fast-tracked. We believe that with the setting up of MIREMCO in Enugu, we would be able to curb the activities of illegal miners and those racketeering licences,” the governor said.