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JOS PLATEAU DEVASTED BY MINING

After years of mining the magnitude of land devastated in Plateau State, Nigeria is attracting the attention of the public. Consequently a special allocation for land reclamation may be granted to the state by the Nigerian government.

During an inspection of mining ponds and erosion areas in the state, the permanent secretary in charge of the Ecological Fund Office in the Presidency (Nigeria), Dr. Kingsley Nkumah, described as unbelievable the extent of land devastation in Plateau State.

Nkumah, who was accompanied on the inspection by the state governor, Chief Joshua Dariye, promised to discuss the problem with the Minister for Special Duties so that the state can be considered by the Federal Government.

While expressing shock at the sight of heaps of sand dug out during the years of tin mining, Nkumah maintained that the state should be considered for special allocation apart from the 50.5% share of the N1.8 billion Ecological Fund normally shared among the 36 states of the Nigerian Federation and Abuja.

Nkumah's visit to the state was prompted by previous visits of governor Dariye to Abuja to attract the attention of the Federal Government to the pathetic state of land devastated by mining activities in the state.


Source: Tokunbo Adedoja in Jos