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Artisanal miners seek President Tinubu’s support

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Olukayode Babalola

Alhaji Abdullahi Dantasidi, National President, National Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Cooperative Society, has appealed for President Bola Tinubu’s support in alleviating the hardship faced by artisanal miners across the country in the discharge of their duties.

He made the appeal in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Nasarawa Local Government area of Nasarawa state on Tuesday.

According to Dantasidi, in spite of being the first explorers of mineral resources in mining sites across the country, artisanal miners faced several hazards in the discharge of their duties such as health, security and environment hazards hence the appeal.

“Our members are exposed to different manners of health and environmental hazards and insecurity threats among others, because of the nature of the job and the location of the mining sites which are often in the deep forests.

“I therefore appeal to you sir, to take proactive action over the health, safety of artisenal miners and the environmental situations in mining sites where they ply their trade by providing them with safety kits and adequate security,” he said.

He said lack of adequate support from previous administrations had led to huge losses with regards to income generated revenue, adequate skilled manpower, hence the call on President Tinubu to embrace a different approach on artisanal miners.

“We are not illegal miners. We are artisanal miners and with your support we can achieve a lot for the country. We have the adequate skilled manpower to make the solid minerals sector a huge revenue generator for the Federal Government,” he said.

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Also, Dantasidi appealed to President Tinubu’s administration to set up fair and proper marketplace parameters for artisanal miners to sell their products at appropriate prices without being cheated by potential buyers, some of whom are foreigners.

He congratulated Mr Dele Alake, Minister of Solid Minerals Development, on his appointment and pledged to work closely with him to achieve President Tinubu’s administration’s set goals in the mining sector.

“I also urge the minister to create avenues for both government officials and critical stakeholders to interface with artisanal miners on issues and challenges they faced while carrying out their duties.

“An improved synergy between government and artisanal miners will go a long way in boosting the output of the sector and open doors of prosperity and fruitful engagement for both parties.

“This will not only be beneficial to all stakeholders in the sector but also lay a solid foundation for the younger generation who may indicate interest in the mining sector,” he added. (NAN) (

Edited by Idris Abdulrahman

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