By Edwin Olufu, Kano
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano said contradictory laws and policies governing mining sector were responsible for the backward development in the sector.
He said the legal framework in the industry had encouraged illegal mining to thrive, with its attendant repercussions, including environmental degradation and health hazards such as lead poisoning, leading to loss of human lives especially those of children.
The governor made the remark while receiving that national president, members of council an fellows of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMS), who visited him at the Government House in Kano.
According to him other challenges are usage of substandard equipment by miners, community approach to mining issues as well as inadequate geological data.
To address these and other problems in the sector, he said the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society should support the National Assembly to enact legislations to revitalize the sector for economic advancement.
He also advocated the setting up of mining training institutes to build the capacities of amateur miners on the job as well as youths, so that they can be gainfully employed.
He said: “Oil is no more reliable so we have to diversify. We have to look at our solid minerals sector in view of its potential as a major revenue earner.”
President, NMGS, Prof. Silas S. Dada, said his team was in Kano to brief the Governor and other stakeholders on the forthcoming 54th Annual International Conference and Exhibition of the society tagged: “Kano 2018”.