The Mines and Steel Ministry has adopted safer mining practices in Zamfara.
In a statement signed by Bamikole Omishore, spokesperson to the senator, Mr. Saraki said he hoped that the initiative would bring an end to the unfortunate episode of lead poisoning in Zamfara State.
Mr. Saraki, who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, led the committee to Bagega, one of the areas ravaged by lead poisoning in Zamfara State. The visit and other efforts by Nigerians led to the clean-up of the affected areas with money released from the ecological fund.
“It is heartwarming that the government recognized the threat of recontamination and that the biggest threat lies in the unsafe mining practices by the people which unfortunately is their only source of livelihood which involves dry dusty mining, this portends a great danger even to the miners and the entire community,” Mr. Saraki, a former Kwara State Governor, said.
Apparently thrilled by the latest development concerning the deployment of wet mining machines in the area to
prevent re-occurrence of lead poisoning and ensure that people do not die while exploring the soil to make ends meet, the senator explained that three cities in Anka, Bukkuyum and Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State deserved the processing machines based on their populations; while he remains optimistic that the gesture will spread across the other local government areas in the State.
He also thanked all parties responsible for the initiative while commending the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development for the training programs on safety, health, and environmental issues in mining.
Mr. Saraki, who had donated funds to the community to encourage the idea to form cooperatives in order to benefit fully from the various programs embarked upon by the ministry, urged the people of the affected communities to ensure they work together in order to benefit from the cooperatives to better their lives.