Starting in October, the Mine Surveillance Security Task Force will become operational to tackle the pressing issue of mining law violations, particularly related to illegal mining activities. Their primary objective will be to apprehend any individuals engaged in illegal mining who have not availed themselves of the 30-day grace period to join a recognized mining cooperative.


    This initiative seeks to bring all miners under the umbrella of legitimate mining cooperatives to ensure compliance with mining laws and regulations. Anyone found at a mining site without a verifiable affiliation with a recognized cooperative will be subject to the full force of the law.

    Minister of Solid Minerals, Dele Alake, emphasized the importance of this enforcement measure in maintaining the integrity of mining operations, safeguarding natural resources, and promoting responsible and lawful mining practices. The government’s intention is not only to curtail illegal mining but also to create a framework that encourages miners to operate within legal boundaries, fostering sustainable and environmentally responsible mining practices for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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