Gov. Ishaku Laments Loss of Huge Sums of Revenue by States and FG Through the Activities of Illegal Miners
Ishaku said mineral resources development was a critical area of attention for his administration and that he had to create a ministry of mineral resources in order for the state to maximise the benefits of its mineral endowments..
He called for urgent steps to be taken by the Federal Government to check the activities of illegal miners so that both the federal and state governments can enjoy the full benefits of their God-,given mineral resources.
Ishaku who said he came on the visit to the ministry to know what his administration was doing right or doing wrong in the implementation of its policy on mineral resources said at the end of the visit that he had gained some useful insight into what the Federal Government was doing at its own level.
Speaking during the visit, the Minister urged all the state governors to emulate Gov Ishaku by seeking to update themselves on the developments in the country’s minerals resources sector.
He urged state governments to develop a data base on the sector and to also be guided by the Federal Government’s rich stock of data on the minerals sector.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku says African Countries have been encouraged to set up a lobby group that would be saddled with the responsibility of creating awareness on Africa’s potentials to the rest of the world.
Governor Darius Ishaku revealed this to newsmen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja in an interview shortly after his return from the just concluded Conference of Minerals Mining Countries in Frankfurt Germany.
Darius Ishaku who was the Chairman of the African Round Table Conference said the conference which was tagged ‘Mining Investment In Europe’ was to set out a model that would help African countries, particularly, Nigeria and indeed Taraba to invest in the mining sector, adding that the sector in the country has been laying fallow irrespective of being blessed with some of the rearest minerals in the World.
He maintained that, the International Conference equally served as an eye opener to meet with global expertriats with a view to knowing the best standard practices and procedures in the Mining sector.
Governor Darius Ishaku however said that, some of Minerals that were hitherto taken for granted are now among the most highly priced and mentioned silver as one of such minerals, explaining that, the silver sample he took along with him to Germany from Taraba which is easily obtained in the country, requires deep excarvation in Europe.
Accordingly, as the Chairman of the African Round Table Conference of Minerals Mining Countries, Arc. Darius Ishaku said the continent has resolved to tackle fear and insecurity which he revealed has been the major problem, as well as scaring foreign miners from investing in the mining sector in Africa, lamenting that some of the problems stems from the negative reports from the western media bothering on the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, Herdsmen and Farmers clash.
Governor Ishaku expressed satisfaction on how he was able to use the opportunity provided during the Forum to disabuse the minds of the International Community from thinking that Taraba State is enmeshed in the Boko Haram crisis.
Simiarly, he called on those in authority in Africa on the need to do more than talking to establish the fact that their region like Taraba is a ready haven for good investment in the solid minerals.