Mine collapses in Kogi, killing two
Following the death of two people at a mining site in the state’s Olamaboro Local Government Area, the Kogi State Government has directed the stoppage and operation of miners using crude methods of mining in the state.
Engr Bashiru Gegu, the State Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources, issued the directive over the weekend while visiting Omelewu Village in Imane, Olamaboro Local Government Areas, which is home to Exodus Mining Company Ltd and Ara Minerals Integrated Nigeria Ltd, for an on-the-spot assessment of the incident.
Gegu ordered a halt to mining activities in Imane District, stating that the methods of mining used by citizens in the local government were unacceptable.
The commissioner directed the two companies that are into coal mining in the area and the citizens of the community who have resulted into mining coal illegally, using the cadastral unit of the two companies without their consent to stop immediately.
He sympathized with the family of those that lost their lives owing to the collapse of illegal mining activities in the area, stressing that they should use modern ways of mining so as to avoid further occurrence.
The commissioner added that the Kogi State Government has directed the Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to investigate and bring to book any erring citizens found engaging in illegal mining activities.