9 April 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah has enjoined operators in the mining sector to ensure they always obtain the relevant liences and pay royalties to enable Government meet its obligations to the citizens.
He made the plea during a meeting with Stakeholders in the sector in Akwa-Ibom
Dr Ogah noted that with the above eight mineral resources in the State, it could create wealth for the people of Akwa Ibom if the operators are willing to work together, adding that they should bridge the gap between the Federal and State Governments for the smooth running of the Sector in the State.
He tasked the Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Charles Udoh to follow up and resolve the issue of the Akwa-Ibom State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO).
Earlier, the Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Charles Udoh explained that with the approval of the Akwa Ibom Deep Sea Port, dredging business would increase in the State.
He therefore appealed to the miners to ensure they register and regularise their operations so they can grow their business and benefit from the huge mining opportunities in the State.
” I supported the Federal Government’s strategy to have synergy so as to harness the benefits in the sector” Udoh stated
The miners appealed to the Ministry to help resolve the challenge of double and multiple taxation they are facing.
They also enjoined the Ministry to assist them access loans to enable them buy equipment to grow their business.