Abuja - Salim Adegbayega, the Acting Director, Mines Environmental Compliance Department, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, said the Federal Government had sanctioned 14 mining companies for violating various environmental laws.
Adegboyega on Wednesday in Abuja that the companies were sanctioned in Ogun, FCT, Nasarawa, Lagos, Kogi, Ondo and Edo.
Adegbayega said the ministry enforced the sanctions by giving stop work order to some of them; others were refused renewal of their licences as well as refusal to transfer mineral titles.
He said sections 116 and 119 of the law stipulated that before any company commenced mining, it had to submit statutory environmental documents mandatory for the operation.
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He said the documents were Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Processing and Rehabilitation Programme as well as the Community Development Agreement.
The acting director said it was mandatory for any mining company in Nigeria to submit these documents to the ministry before it commenced mining but all the companies sanctioned had failed to do so.
Adegboyega said the companies involved both local and foreign ones and were mostly into mining of granites and other minerals while more would soon be sanctions.
He said the ministry had developed new strategies to monitor the approval of the renewal of licences.