Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, AbdullahiGanaMohammadu has said that the agency is set to deploy 5,000 Solid Minerals Defenders armed squad to curb Illegal mining activities in the country.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after signing Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) with the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. FayemiKayode, Minister of Interior, AbdulrahmanDambazau and Minister of State for Solid Minerals, AbubakarBwari, in Abuja, he said that due to negligence there was no effective regulations or laws to protect the exploitation of minerals which has led to loss of billions in revenue that should have accrued to the Federal government, even as the environment suffers degradation.
The NSCDC boss maintained that mineral deposits are supposed to be a
source of joy and wealth to the communities where they are deposited and not a curse. But the reverse has been the case in many communities.
According to him, “The situation is not too different from that which the oil- rich Niger Delta communities found themselves in which led to agitation for better living.
“The communities suffered inhuman treatment from illegal miners who, apartfrom destroying their farmland with impunity, also experienced environmentdegradation.”
He noted that stringent measures like this is needed to stop illegal mining because despite continued to campaign by government agencies against illegal mining activities because of the dangers associated with it the illegal miners because of the fortunes they make from the heinous activities have refused to desist.