The Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Mr Uchechukwu Ogah, has advised mine operators across the country to engage in responsible mining for the benefit of all.
A statement by Mrs Etore Thomas, Director, Press and Public Relations of the ministry, on Monday in Abuja said that Ogah gave the advice when he toured the BUA Cement plant at Okpella during his three-day working visit to Edo State.
According to him, there is the need for operators in the mining sector to exhibit and maintain good relationship with their host communities.
According to him, operating within the extant mining laws will engender peaceful coexistence between operators and host communities.
Ogah urged mine operators to maintain cordial relations with their host communities for enhanced production, which would be of immense benefit to the Federal Government, while creating jobs for Nigerians.
He noted that his interaction with mine operators would enable government to know their challenges and look into how to proffer solutions to the perceptible problems.
He reiterated the ministry’s commitment toward helping mining operators to succeed.
The minister also urged the management of BUA to consider the request of the community and provide them with a telecom mast for telephone services.
Speaking, Mr Ahmed Idris, the Plant Director of BUA, said that 98 per cent of raw materials being used for production of cement in the plant were sourced from the neighbourhood.
He said that the plant had two lines, with a production capacity of three million tonnes each, adding that the company was planning to have more lines of production.
The minister also visited the Dangote Cement plant and Zhong Xin Quarry, located in the northern part of the state.