FG Endorses Plan to Set Up MIREMCO in Enugu State

FG Endorses Plan to Set Up MIREMCO in Enugu State

The Federal Government and Enugu State agreed today to set up the state’s Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) to monitor mining companies’ compliance with environmental standards.

The move intensifies collaboration to enhance the development of the mining sector in the coal-rich state.

Hosting Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah, in his office, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake emphasized the state’s historic economic significance during the colonial era and highlighted its potential for renewed economic prominence through solid minerals.

“Now that we have our own independence of thought and action, Enugu is the way to go. We are collaborating with Enugu and other states to ensure that the benefits accruable from the solid minerals sector are available to all Nigerians,” Alake stated.

In his remarks, Governor Mba stressed that his administration’s commitment to harnessing Enugu’s vast mineral resources in partnership with the Federal Government prompted his visit to the Minister.

The governor thanked the Minister for his decision to accelerate the state’s plan to set up MIREMCO to address the menace of illegal mining, lauding Dr. Alake for his support in expediting the process.

“The minute the Minister received my application on setting up MIREMCO, he immediately called the relevant officer and mandated him to ensure the process for the establishment of the committee is fast-tracked. We believe that with the setting up of MIREMCO in Enugu, we will be able to curb the activities of illegal miners and those racketeering licenses,” Gov. Mbah said.

It will be recalled that the Minister met Governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) some weeks ago, where he sued for cooperation to enhance the development of the mining sector.

The parley with Gov. Mbah is in furtherance of engagements to bolster partnerships with sub-nationals to foster a conducive environment for mining operations across the country.

Segun Tomori
Special Assistant on Media
to the Minister of Solid Minerals Development.