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Arabinrin Aderonke: War Against Illegal Mining: Alake means Business

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Since his resumption, Dr. Dele Alake, Minister of Solid Minerals in Nigeria, has shown determination to tackle the menace of illegal mining head-on. From day one, he hit the ground running, demonstrating a strong commitment to revamping Nigeria’s mining sector.

Understanding the complexity of the issue, Minister Alake has prioritized collaboration with stakeholders. He recognizes that sustainable solutions to illegal mining require the cooperation of miners, local communities, and other relevant parties. By fostering open dialogue and partnerships, he aims to address the root causes of illegal mining while promoting responsible mining practices.

In addition to engaging stakeholders, Minister Alake has forged alliances with various security agencies to bolster enforcement efforts. Recognizing that illegal mining poses significant security risks, he is working closely with entities like the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Police Force to enhance security around mining sites. Through coordinated patrols and intelligence sharing, these agencies are cracking down on illegal mining activities and apprehending perpetrators.

Recent high-profile arrests and convictions of illegal miners globally serve as a stark reminder of the seriousness of this issue. Minister Alake closely monitors these developments, drawing inspiration from successful enforcement efforts in other countries. By leveraging lessons learned and best practices, he is determined to replicate these successes in Nigeria, sending a clear message that illegal activities will not be tolerated.

Keeping all these moves in mind, the future of Nigeria’s mining sector looks promising. His approach and strategic initiatives set the stage for notable progress and development in the industry. By promoting transparency, accountability, and good governance, he will unlock the nation’s vast potential in the mining sector while safeguarding its natural resources for future generations.

To illegal miners operating in Nigeria, Minister Alake has a stern message: your days are numbered. With intensified enforcement efforts and a zero-tolerance stance on illegal activities, he leaves no room for doubt that perpetrators will face the full force of the law. By targeting illegal mining operations and dismantling criminal networks, he is making it clear that illegal mining will no longer be a profitable venture under his watch.

In the face of adversity, Minister Alake remains fearless, his resolve unshaken. With Minister Alake at the affairs of the Ministry, the forces of justice will prevail, ensuring that Nigeria’s natural resources are safeguarded for the benefit of all.

Through his unwavering efforts, collaborative approach, and commitment to justice, he has positioned himself as a formidable force in the fight against illegal mining, paving the way for a brighter, more prosperous future for all.

Arabinrin Aderonke is an Award-Winning investigative journalist. A Policy Analyst. Good Governance, Peace and gender advocate. She writes from Abuja

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