Kebbi State Government has announced a ban on all mining activities in the state due to insecurity. This was disclosed to newsmen by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Yakubu Tafida at the state capital Birnin Kebbi.
The secretary stated that the need to protect mining workers and host communities, and put in measures for revenue generation was another reason why the decision was taken.
He said the state government was mindful of the fact that mining is under Exclusive Legislative List, yet a need is seen to take required action for the best interest of the inhabitants of the state after a thorough assessment of the current security situation.
Yakubu Tafida explained that the state government believes that it is important to prioritize the protection and security of its citizens and prevent mining fields from being converted by unauthorized foreigners.
The SSG further added that the government had decided to address the concerns through comprehensive evaluation and enforcement of strict regulations that would promote responsible mining, safeguard the environment, enhance revenue generation and above all, secure lives.