Director-General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Mr. Nwegbu Ndubuisi on Tuesday said that mining activities were not capable of triggering natural disasters in Nigeria, due to its stable landmark.
Ndubuisi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the possibility of mining activities causing volcano eruption, tremor and earthquake should be allayed in the efforts to tap into the natural resources in the country.
He explained that countries that experienced natural disasters were caused due to their particular nature of geology and structure.
According to him, Cameroon that shares boundary with Nigeria is characterised by volcano line in contrast to Nigeria’s fairly stable topography.
“There is no cause for alarm that mining activities can cause eruptions in the country.
“Though we share boundary with Cameroon, our country is stable; some years back, eruption occurred in Lake Nyos, killing thousands of people as a result of toxic from the mountain,’’ he said.
NAN recalled that an eruption had occurred on the mountain on Aug. 21, 1986.
It would be recalled that farmers living near the lake heard rumblings while a frothy spray shot hundreds of feet out of the lake.
The incident killed many people as farmers who lived closed to the lake, out of ignorance, went to the scene of the eruption, lost consciousness and died.
Ndubuisi recalled that a tremor of minimal magnitude had also occurred at Ijebu-Ode and Ibadan more than 20 years ago, adding however that it did not cause any damage.
He said the tremor drew the attention of the Federal Government to the need to provide Early Warning System equipment in six locations across the country.
The DG, however, said the equipment had become obsolete due to poor maintenance, adding that currently there were no early warning systems to predict natural disasters in the country.
He said several proposals had been written to past regimes for the restoration of the equipment but none had yielded any result.
He said a proposal would be forwarded to the new administration in respect of the equipment.
Ndubuisi expressed optimism for the present administration to provide warning signs in mining, given its priority to provide jobs for the youth through the sector. (NAN)

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