Abuja - Lagos State Government has restated its commitment to
ensure internationally accepted standards in the sand mining industry in the
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral
Resources, Iyabode Obasa, stated this while receiving the Environmental Impact
Assessment Report and Evaluation of mining sites and document from companies
intending to operate across the three mining zones in the state.
Obasa disclosed that the ministry would ensure that
miners in the state operated according to the laid down regulations that would
ensure sustainable development in the state .
She said to obtain this mining standard, the ministry had
to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment, assess proposed mining sites and
evaluate document submitted by mining companies in the three axis (Ikorodu,
Epe-Ibeju lekki-Ajah, and Badagry).
“In furtherance of the ministry’s mandate in ensuring a
sustainable mining operation, a clinical review of mining methods and its
impacts, taking stock of degraded area as well as putting in place a
restoration plan is ongoing by the Ministry,” she said.
Obasa further noted that the objectives of the mining
site assessment and evaluation was also to locate and delineate the extent of
land degradation at mining sites, develop a sustainable and specific
restoration plan for the identified areas, initiate and develop land use
programme for the identified area such as fish farming, agricultural
cultivation, coconut plantation and landscaping.
"It is also meant to identify the derivable impact
of the exercise on affected communities as well as develop mining methods and
proper documentation that will ensure sustainable development.”
Representatives of miners from Ikorodu, Lekki-Ajah and
Badagry Area of Lagos attend the event Obasa presided over.
- CAJ News
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