Twenty mining companies sanctioned

Minister of Solid Mineral Resources Dr. Kayode Fayemi

Minister of Solid Mineral Resources Dr. Kayode Fayemi

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has sanctioned no fewer than 20 mining companies in 2016 over non-compliance with Nigeria’s laws and regulations.

Mr Salim Salaam, Director, Mines Environmental Compliance Department told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

Salaam said that the infractions ranged from failure to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Community Development Agreement (CDA), Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation Programme (EPRP), first study plan and annual reclamation statement as provided by law

He said that four mining companies were sanctioned in Niger State, eight in Calabar, Cross River, two in Ondo and two in Ibadan, Oyo state.

The director said that some of the affected companies claimed to be new in the industry, while others hinged their inability to comply to the high cost.

“Honestly speaking, the level of mining companies compliance with the ministry’s law and regulation is very low.

“We have started a sensitisation programme across all the zones, educating them on why it is mandatory to adhere to our law to avoid sanctions, ” he said.

The director said the ministry has come up with a new plan to compile list of defaulters, who would be given two months grace to comply before imposing appropriate sanctions.

“Internally, we normally stop violators from operating on sites and they are not allowed to renew their licences.”

Salaam said that the sanctions provided under the law included a fine of up to N20 million and a five year imprisonment.

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  • real

    Time to enforces the rules massively. This is the problem with Nigeria, our laws and rules are not implemented or enforced.

    • ade

      I agree with you absolutely! We have “Weak institutions hence nothing works!” The US Environmental Task force detected fraudulent manipulation of emissions regulators in VW cars in the US and prosecuted the car company and they have to pay billions of dollars to the US as fines and to finish the case. This is how agencies should work!