Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has instructed the newly appointed federal and zonal Mines officers to strictly abide by the code of ethics of the Civil Service Regulations.
This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen by the assistant director of press, Mrs. Rhoda Iliya, which stated that “under no circumstance should any officer receive cash as a mode of payment for any service from quarrying companies.
The minister advised that officers should refrain from negative and corrupt tendencies, stating that outstanding job performance would be rewarded while those found wanting would be investigated and sanctioned.
During their inauguration in Abuja on Tuesday, the officers numbering 35 were deployed to the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
The minister charged the officers to abide by the code which he said emphasises honesty, discipline, dedication, loyalty, efficiency, transparency, effectiveness amongst others.
“All payments to the FG should be paid directly to the Treasury Single Account, TSA,” the minister instructed, adding that they should pay maximum attention to matters relating to procurement, transportation, storage and usage of explosives in their areas of assignments.
“You all should ensure total compliance by mining operators, quarrying companies, explosives manufacturers, importers, oil and gas servicing companies and end-users of explosives.
“Ensure effective mines surveillance, and monitoring should be carried out at all times to ensure mines health and safety,” he said.
According to the minister, the officers were carefully selected based on their high sense of patriotism, dedication to duty and professionalism, noting that necessary steps had been taken to ensure they are well equipped to deliver the tasks for which they were assigned.
He said the ministry had recently acquired a new set of vehicles appropriate for rough terrains which are being allocated for the use of the officers on the field.
Dr. Fayemi told the officers that they would receive necessary training and tools to function effectively and efficiently.
In his speech, the Minister of State for Solid Minerals Development, Abubakar Bawa Bwari advised the officers that their actions or inactions would have effect on the sector.
Bwari encouraged them to work closely with other officers in the state, warning them not to go beyond their jurisdiction and ensure that revenues collected were rendered to the federal government.

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