The Enugu State Government, Monday, took a major step in checkmating the activities of miners in the State with the sealing of illegal mining sites and those without environmental impact certifications and mitigation plans.
“Sequel to the directive of the Governor of Enugu State banning illegal mining activities in the State, you are hereby warned to desist and stop all mining activities in this environment.
He said government was very much aware of other mining sites in different parts of the State operating illegally and without license or running foul of environmental protection laws and regulations, assuring that “government is coming after all of them”.
“You are therefore required, as a matter of urgency, to furnish this office with comprehensive list of the following: Approval license from the Nigeria mining cadastral office, evidence of notification letter to Enugu State Ministry of Environment before commencement of operations, evidence of payment for ecological control permit from the Ministry, evidence of payment of environmental remedial fee, approval license from both the Federal of Mines and Federal Ministry of Environment for Environmental Impact Assessment certification, evidence of acknowledgement/consent letter from Enugu State Ministry of Environment, and evidence of environmental remediation plans to address in a systemic manner all issues that may arise from any prospective mining activities or ongoing in the state”.
Recall that the Governor Peter Mbah administration had in June banned illegal mining activities in the State.
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