Gombe Governor constitutes Taskforce on Mineral Resources and Environment Management~NEWSEXTRA - NEWS EXTRA ONLINE


Monday, 2 March 2020

Gombe Governor constitutes Taskforce on Mineral Resources and Environment Management~NEWSEXTRA

... sets up Joint Special Surveillance Taskforce against Illegal mining 

Gombe state Governor,  Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the constitution of  Mineral Resources and Environment Management Committee ( MREMCO) , with Engr. Sanusi Jibrin Gwani as the Chairman.

Members of the Committee include:
1.   Alh. Shehu Ibrahim Madugu
Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources
2.   Mr. Bitrus Bako
Environment Officer, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources 
3.   Yambiu Idris Buba 
Director, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources 
4.   Surv. Zakari Abubakar Difa
 Ag. Surveyor-General, Ministry of Lands 
5.   Mr. Absolom Baba 
H.O.D Sanitation/Chief Environmental Health, GOSEPA 
6.   Ishaku Kure
Deputy Director, Ministry of Environment 
7.   Mr. Yunusa Mele, Deputy Director 
Ministry of Agriculture 
8.   Mr. Adamu Emmanuel Yakubu
Senior Forest Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and 
9.   Mr. Gregory Achi will serve as Secretary 

The Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Committee are as follows: 

I.     Consider and advice the Minister on issues affecting returns of necessary reports affecting grants of mining titles;
II.    Consider issues affecting compensation and make necessary recommendation to the Minister;
III.   Discuss, consider and advice the Minister on the matters affecting pollution and degradation of any land on which any mineral is being extracted; 
IV.    Consider such other matters relating to mineral resources development within the state as the Minister may, from time to time, refer to the Committee;
V.     Advice the Department established in accordance with the provision of the NMMA, 2007 for the supervision of Mineral Exploration and implementation of Social and Environmental Protection measures; 

VI.   Advice the Local Government Areas and Communities on the implementation of programmes for environmental protection and sustainable management of Mineral Resources; 

VII.   Advice and other necessary assistance required by holders of Mineral Titles in their interaction with State Governments, Local Government Councils, Communities, Civil Institutions and other stakeholders; 

VIII.   Advice the Minister in resolving conflicts between stakeholders; and 

IX.      Advice the Minister in respect of matters connected with the implementation of NMMA, 2007.

Similarly, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the constitution  of a joint Special surveillance Taskforce ( SMSTF) against illegal mining and and relevant activities. 

 The committee is to chaired by Col. Sani Adamu Depsia ( Rtd) Special  Adviser on Security matters (Rtd) 

members of the Taskforce  include:
1.   Hon Commissioner Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources 
2.   Representative of Ministry of Mineral Resources 
3.   Representative of Ministry of Lands 
4.   Representative of Ministry of Environment 
5.   Representative of Ministry of the Surveyor Gen. 
6.   Representative of Federal Ministry of Environment 
7.   Representative of the affected Local Governments 
8.   Representative of Commissioner of Police 
9.   Representative of 301 FAR
10. Representative of Nigeria Immigration services.  
11. Representative of DSS
12. Representative of EFCC
13. Representative of NSCDC 
14. Representative of Security Agencies 
15. The State's Federal Mines Officer   will serve as Secretary I
16. Representative of State's Mine Inspectorate will serve as Secretary II

The Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Committee are as follows:

I.    Develop the inventory of flash points of artisanal and small scale mining sites and mineral processing points across the state.

II.   Undertake several unscheduled visits to all the flash points with a view to combating the illegal mining Activities;
III. Make arrest and prosecute all illegal mining operators in accordance with provision of the Nigeria Mineral and Mining Act, 2007 and it regulation 2001; and 

IV. To develop a strategy to control/monitor the export of mineral commodities from the country. 

The two committees will be inaugurated today Monday 2nd, March, 2020 by 4:30 pm at the Exco Chamber,  Government House. 

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