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Association urges FG to outline blueprint on solid minerals for efficient mining activities



Miners Association of Nigeria

The Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to come up with an agenda on mineral resources for efficient mining activities across the country.

The President of MAN, Mr Dele Ayanleke, said this in Abuja, at a news conference on the issue of state government’s interference in mining activities.

Ayanleke said that so many legacy challenging the issue of state governments usurping the functions of constitutionally-recognised mining industry regulators started gaining momentum of recent.

According to him, MAN will like to make a clarion call to the government on the need to come up with the agenda of its administration on solid minerals sector.

“On our part as a body of investors and operators, we shall reach out to the new administration soon with a blueprint of our contributions to a mining regime that will support the economic diversification agenda in pragmatic terms,” he said.


The president said that MAN, as the umbrella body of operators and investors in the sector, has never been in support of illegal mining operations under any guise.

He said that the association was ready to partner with the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and other relevant stakeholders to ensure a sanitised mining environment.

He expressed concerned that some new governors have started issuing executive orders, either banning mining activities or attempting to regulate the sector.

According to him, some of such states are Ebonyi, Osun, Enugu, Cross River, Taraba among others.

“Taraba state government went as far as setting up a Task Force on illegal mining and deforestation with full authority to arrest, summarily prosecute and sentence anyone found culpable under its own laws.


“We are of the belief and conviction that the issue of illegality in the system must be appraised and confronted in whole.

“A situation where a group of stakeholders is being stigmatised as the perpetrators of illegality by the holders of coercive machinery of state, is totally unacceptable.

“Drawing from the above, Taraba State Government, or any other state and local governments for that matter, does not have the competence to determine the legality of any operator.

“Such competence resides with the ministry or any of its agencies, saddled with the various regulatory functions,” he said.

Ayanleke said that in section 44(3) of the 1999 constitution, as amended and section 1(1) of the mining Act 2007, place the ownership of mineral resources and mining regulations in Exclusive Legislative List.


He said the constitution was made to address the socioeconomic and environmental concerns of the lower tiers of government.

“The Federal Government, through its appropriate agencies, is saddled with the oversight responsibility on any mining and minerals related issues; including, but not limited to mining titles administration.

“It is on this note that we hereby appeal to the Federal Government to call state governments to order by honoring their oath to defend and uphold the constitution of the nation.

“This is to engender an atmosphere of mining best practices so that local investors can contribute their quotas to the economic development of the country and open windows for foreign investments,” he said.

The MAN president said that the importance of the meeting was not to vilify or wage war against any state government.


He said that part of the association’s advocacy was to draw attention to a critical governance impediment militating against the solid minerals sector as a veritable option in the government economic diversification agenda.

“According to him, at a time when the whole world is thinking, talking and going green energy, our huge endowments in minerals needed to be among global actors.

“Nigeria cannot afford to help other nations develop their industries through mass exportation of our unprocessed solid minerals, while our citizens wallow in poverty.

“It is time our government takes a cue from the initiative of our founding fathers.

“Our founding fathers invited technologies that turned our agricultural resources into huge industrial development with attendant wealth creation in the post-independence First Republic.



NCDC registers 1,968 Lassa fever cases in 28 states



The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), has registered 1,068 Lassa fever infections across 112 local government areas in 28 states of the federation.

The NCDC said this via its official website on Tuesday in its Lassa Fever Situation Report for Week 37 (Sep. 11 -17, 2023).

The centre indicated that 75 per cent of the cases were detected in Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi States.

Lassa fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus. It is primarily found in West Africa, particularly in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria.

The virus is transmitted to humans through contact with the urine or feces of infected rodents, specifically the multimammate rat.


According to the NCDC, there are currently 7,352 individuals with suspected cases and the infection has resulted in the unfortunate loss of at least 181 lives in the country.

The centre said that the case-fatality ratio of the infection stood at 16.9 per cent.

“Cumulatively from week 1 to week 37, 2023, 181 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 16.9 per cent which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2022 (19.1 per cent).

“In total for 2023, 28 States have recorded at least one confirmed case across 112 local government areas.

“Seventy-five per cent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from these three states (Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi) while 25 per cent were reported from 25 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.


“Of the 75 per cent confirmed cases, Ondo reported 35 per cent, Edo 29 per cent, and Bauchi 11 per cent.

“The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 1 to 93 years, Median Age: 32 years).

“The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.9. The number of suspected cases increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2022,” it said.

It is regretted that in 2023 Lassa fever infected 49 healthcare workers across the country.

The agency said that the National Lassa Fever Multi-partner, Multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre had been activated to coordinate the response activities at all levels.


It added that prevention of Lassa fever involves avoiding contact with rodents and their droppings, practising good personal hygiene and taking precautions when caring for infected individuals.

The NCDC said that early diagnosis and prompt medical care are crucial in managing the disease and preventing complications.

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NLC, TUC suspend planned strike for 30 days




Organised labour unions have suspended their planned nationwide indefinite strike action for the next one month.

This was contained in a memorandum of understanding signed Monday by the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja; as well as the TUC President, Festus Osifo, and Secretary General, Nuhu Toro.

The three-page document was also signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Dr Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; and Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris.

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