The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari has explained why the federal government through his ministry ordered the suspension of blasting and mining activities around areas that experienced minor earth tremor last week.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday while updating Nigerians on what could have triggered the tremor, the minister said the federal government through his ministry ordered the suspension in order to enable the team of experts put together by the ministry to investigste the incidence and do an unhindered thorough job.
According to him, getting to the root of the cause of what triggered the tremor would be better achieved without blasting activities around the effected areas.
He said considering that the world is experiencing climate change, some of the unusual incidents could be natural occurrences not envisaged.
The minister also confirmed the statement by the DG of NGSA, Alex Nwegbu earlier, that the government had proactively acquired some geoscientific detecting equipment to detect such happenings and was in the process of installing them when the Abuja incidence occurred.
“As a government we had proactively acquired some geoscientific equipment to help detect some of these unsuspecting natural occurences so as to help us in detecting the incidents before happening and was in the process of installing when the tremor happened in Abuja.
“The good news is that Nigeria geographically is not on the lane of earthquakes but we are not relenting, considering that world over climate change things are sometimes happening where they ought not to,” he said.
He said the six geoscience equipment when installed will go a long way in the detection of such natural occurrences while not ruling out elements of human induced activities.
He reiterated that Nigerians should not panic or be scared. “Luckily, we have not gotten to the trend where mining would be seen as dangerous in Nigeria. We are not located in such dangerous zone. Our men went to the affected areas and checked but no quakes or cracks were found,” he concluded.