Nasarawa government committed to economic development – Commissioner 

The Nasarawa state government Wednesday said it remains committed to promoting investment opportunities and the growth of businesses for economic development and poverty reduction in the state.

The commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Yakubu Kwanta, stated this at a press conference to clear the air on a claim by a mining entity against the Nasarawa state government in Lafia.

He added that government would not compromise its determination to rid the state of illegal mining activities that put the life of people and the safety of communities in danger.

“The attention of the Nasarawa state government is drawn to a press conference on Friday last week in Jos by one Mr. Tim Eldonof Trimadix Geomin Consult Limited accusing the Nasarawa  state government of undue interference in their mining operations in the state, particularly, in Kokona local government,” he stated.

He recalled that on the 19th of April, 2024, the Nasarawa state government took a bold step to secure the Amba community from the activities of illegal miners that constitute a threat to the peace and security of the community and its environs.

“This action followed a petition from the community chief on illegal mining activities in his domain without his proper consent.

He stated further that, “There exists in Nasarawa state, the Executive Order No. 02 of 2022 signed into Law by His Excellency, Abdullahi Sule, the executive governor of Nasarawa state, which particularly provides that all community consent and development agreement must be  made pursuant to Section 116 of the Mineral and Mining Act, 2007 and prior to signing by authenticated community heads, it  shall be forwarded to the Ministry of Justice through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to be vetted and certified by the Attorney General of  the state.

He said it is to avoid multiple issuances of community consents and development agreements to mining entities and ensure that community development commitments made therein is not in conflict with the overall development master plan of the state.