The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr kayode Fayemi yesterday in Abuja commissioned some newly acquired vehicles for the operations of the Special Mines Surveillance Task force (SMSTF) and the State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO).
In his speech made available to LEADERSHP, the minister who acknowledged the critical roles of both the taskforce and the committee in sustainable development of the mining sector said, “As a strategy to strengthen the Taskforce in all the States of the Federation and the FCT, 40 Toyota Hilux vehicles have been procured. The vehicles will be commissioned today and their usage flagged-off.”
On the part of MIREMCO, Fayemi said the current administration took decisive measures to reactivate the State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) in all the States of the Federation including FCT in 2017, adding that the committee is now vibrant in 26 states.
“The first fifteen (15) States with functional MIREMCOs have already received the sum of Five (5) Million Naira each, as mobilisation grants and ten (10) Hilux pick-up Vehicles were procured for the first ten (10) States,” he said, adding that beneficiaries of the batch of vehicles being commissioned yesterday included: Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Cross Rivers, Edo, Kaduna, Kano, Ogun, Osun, and Rivers States.
He charged members to justify government’s effort by using the vehicles for the purpose which they were procured for – tackling illegal mining and related challenges in the sector.
“At this juncture, I would like to appeal to all members of the Taskforce and MIREMCO to utilise these vehicles responsibly and strictly for the purposes they are meant for.
We hope this significant investment would lead to increased capacity to contribute your own quota to the growth and development of the Nigerian Mining sector, on the collective road to shared mining prosperity. I ask you, therefore, to strive to accomplish your assignments and leave a worthy legacy for posterity,” he appealed.
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