The mining of minerals in Nigeria accounts for only 0.5% of its GDP, the mining sector has been on a declining rate, due to the influence of its vast oil resources. This sector is fraught with challenges of bureacracy, regulatory framework, technical framework, lack of practices and lack of data.
According to the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), six states in Nigeria were the leading destinations for illegal mining of solid minerals in the country. Furthermore, there are no global recognized mining companies in Nigeria’s mining sector, adding that they mostly shun the country’s mining sector because it is currently unattractive to them. The nation has lost so much to illegal mining that it cannot afford to lose more, hence, the government and national assembly should legislate against and criminalize illegal mining in the country.
Top 6 States Known For Illegal Mining In Nigeria
- Niger State
- Plateau State
- Ebonyi State
- Imo State
- Enugu State
- Zamfara State
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