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Bauchi to Legislate against Illegal Mining in Gwana

| November 21, 2013 More


By Segun Awofadeji 

Bauchi State Government has stated that it is currently working on bill to curtail illegal mining activities in Gwana district of Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.

According to the council Chairman, Yohanna Usman Yashi, “Gwana in one of the richest places in the state with vast mineral resources but is being exploited by some unscrupulous people due to lack of motorable road.”

He said, however, that steps were being taken through the bill to curtail such illegal activities and that the bill would soon be presented to the state House of Assembly for legislation.

Yashi told journalists in Bauchi yesterday, that: “Our legislators were in Gwana recently; we visited the area with them sometimes ago and we agreed that they will take up legislation, which will curtail the illegal use of these things.”

He noted that illegal mining in Gwana was a deprivation of revenue to the state and the local government, hence the need to harness such resources for the benefits of the state and its people.

The council boss expressed delight over the successful construction and inauguration of the 83 kilometres Alkaleri – Futuk road by the state government, and the planned provision of some access roads within the communities which he said would facilitate rapid socio-economic development of the area.

Yashi, who doubled as the Surveyor –General of the state, also stressed the need for the provision of a police out-post at the fast growing Gwana community to curtail the numerous social problems of the area.

“Futuk is now growing so fast, there is the need for a police outpost there, if we have police officers there, it will help in curtailing the numerous problems we are having because any incident there has to be referred to Alkaleri and this takes time,” he stated.

Category: Bauchi State News

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