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Govt to partner states on solid minerals development


 Kayode Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi

THE Minister of Solid Minerals and Mining, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, says the Federal Government will collaborate with states to strengthen mining activities in the country.

Fayemi, who spoke on Monday in Minna, Niger State during a courtesy visit to the state governor, Abubakar Bello, said this would form a holistic platform for diversifying the nation’s revenue sources.

He listed steps to be taken in order to achieve the objectives to include identifying, streamlining and legalising activities of the large numbers of artisanal miners.

“The Federal Government wants to get the state government to organise these miners, get to know their activities and see how we can issue legal license to them. Those who claimed to have licence will be asked to redeem themselves or have their licence revoked,” he said.

Responding, Bello commended the Federal Government’s effort of diversifying sources of revenue, saying that his administration would complement all efforts to revitalise the country’s economy.

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