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Government takes lead in fighting poisoning

31 July 2013, 07:31Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The government and non-governmental organisations are encouraged by the progress made in countering lead poisoning in the Zamfara State.

Officials said joint efforts had attained remarkable achievements particularly in the areas of environmental remediation, sensitization on safer mining practice and treatment of the affected victims.

Among organisations that are working with government in that regard are Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and TerraGraphics International Foundation, who recently met with the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development recently to discuss strategies to prevent future occurrences of lead poisoning.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Linus Awute who received guests from the organisations, commended the them for complementing government.

“We are scaling up our programme of sensitizing miners on safer mining to prevent future occurrence of lead poisoning in Zamfara State and in any other state of the country.

"We have lined up some ambitious programmes for effective implementation of our work plan on a sustainable basis. The Ministry’s 2013 budget has a funding window for use in widening the scope of our mining extension services and inspectorate activities which are ongoing,” added Awute.

He also disclosed that the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development had procured safety kits which will be distributed to artisanal and small scale miners at the critical flash points in Zamfara State.

Wet milling and Igoli machines for the safer mining programme ordered from South Africa would soon arrive the country and would be installed at three mineral processing centres in Bagega, Kwali and Maru.

- CAJ News


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