Federal Government set to boost sector

The minister also said the Federal Government will monitor the mining sector, so that foreigners who mine illegally will be identified.

Miners sourcing for precious stones.

The Federal Government, in a bid to curb illegal mining, has come up with a strategy that will encourage all illegal mining operators to carry out their business safely.

According to Leadership Newspapers, the minister of state to the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Bawa Buhari said over 600,000 Nigerians benefit from illegal mining.

Buhari said “For now we have a department that has to do with the artisans; we are trying to put them in groups in the way we can easily assist them because this has become a source of employment for a lot of Nigerians. “

“There are plans in place to curb illegal miners and there are also plans, from what we have been briefed so far, to bring these artisans that we call illegal together to harness their potential and encourage them to conduct their mining in the best standard practice. We do not see them as illegal miners but as artisans,” he said.

The minister spoke at the 2015 conference of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), CSR-In-Action, tagged  Unlocking the Hidden Potential in the Extractive Industries.

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