Kwara Senator Says Illegal Mining Fuels Insecurity In Nigeria
The Senator representing Kwara North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Sadiq Suleiman Umar has declared that some powerful individuals are involved in illegal mining, thus fueling insecurity in the country.
He identified the problems associated with illegal mining as hydraheaded, pointing out that the security challenge around it was due to the humongous proceeds realised from the illicit business.
Umar, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment, spoke at the 39th Media Parliament of the Kwara State Council Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) held at Press Centre, Offa Road, GRA, Ilorin.
Focus on the sector
The legislator specifically attributed the rising insecurity in his Senatorial District to illegal mining, saying that the inability of the successive administrations to focus on the sector for the benefit of the nation conferred undue advantage on the questionable characters to operate illegally.
He, however, expressed confidence in the ability of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration to invest and utilise the resources abound in the solid mineral sector.
Umar told the gathering that he was in constant touch with the state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to tackle the emerging security challenge in Kwara North.
Not being utilised
He admitted that his senatorial district is endowed with large mineral deposit but regretted that it has not been utilised to the advantage of the people in whose area the resources are domiciled.
“Insecurity is a big National problem but in Kwara, we are relatively lucky. It is not as severe as in most of the places affected. But addressing the illegal mining, I’m concerned. I have discussed it with the Governor himself.
“That problem is hydraheaded; powerful people are involved. And it is not new. Anything that brings money anywhere in the world is troubled. They include cocaine, marijuana, heroin.
“Anywhere people get money, they will fight and do anything. The problem is brewing in our area. And the issue of insecurity in our area is about mining; it is bringing all of those problems. Yes, mining is supposed to be on the exclusive list. But we have not been serious in Nigeria about mining.
“And we all know by now that the amount of solid mineral resource, especially in our great country, is enough to solve our economic problems. We have so much. Luckily, Kwara is one of the gifted States with the resources.
“The government has not been serious. But I can give you a good news. The good news is that the new federal government led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu understands this; it means business, and it is serious about it and solid mineral is going to be given a serious attention“, the Kwara North Senator said.
He noted that his senatorial district is deficient in the area of infrastructure, saying that it would persist, except deliberate sacrifice is made to attack it.
He recalled that he sponsored over 25 bills in the Ninth Assembly and a number of motions, adding that he facilitated many infrastructural projects to the zone to bridge the existing gap.
The Senator maintained that he also undertook projects such as water, electricity and roads among others in various communities of the senatorial district and applauded Governor AbdulRazaq for changing the story of the area for good in the last four years.
The Lawmaker promised to continue to provide scholarship awards to his constituents from primary to Postgraduate level
He also announced that ten classrooms fully equipped with instructional materials were built by him to ensure easy access to quality education in the area
The Lawmaker acknowledged the infrastructural development of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in developing the area to upscale living standard of the people of Kwara-North
Senator Sadiq who sunk about One Hundred boreholes for different Community in Kwara-North assured his people of more social amenities, women empowerment and human capital development to enable them self reliant
In his address of welcome, the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ Kwara Council, Comrade Abdul-lateef Ahmed, said the Media Parliament is geared to continually engage the elites particularly public officeholders to enable them understand the responsibilities placed on theirs shoulders
Comrade Ahmed described Senator Sadiq as a consummate pharmacist and politician with impactful representation of his people
Also Speaking, Chairperson, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Kwara State Chapter, Bola Ipinlaye charged Senator Sadiq to be gender sensitive particularly in the area of women empowerment.
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