The Federal Government has a habit of setting up panels or committees for everything.
The Federal Government has set up an eight-man panel to probe the deaths of nine illegal miners at Dogon Daji village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara on October 10.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the Deputy Director of Press, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Marshall Gundu.
Members of the panel are drawn from the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society, the Nigerian Society of Mining Engineers, the Zamfara State Ministry of Environment, the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The statement quoted the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Musa Sada, as saying that he set up the panel in line with Section 85 of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act of 2007.
The minister said he had been informed that the victims died in the process of mining gold illegally at the mine site.
According to him, the lives of people are precious and Nigeria cannot afford to lose lives through illegal mining operations anywhere in the country.
It has become a culture for the government to set up panels or committees on any issue that affects any sector of the economy. These panels end up gulping huge chunks of money as the members are paid to sit, separate from their official salaries.
Also, the reports of these panels, in most cases, are not implemented. The task the panels are usually established for can be done by existing law enforcement or regulatory agencies.