Zamfara State government has revoked all consent letters to individuals, companies, or organizations for mining activities in the state.
The State Governor Dauda Lawal signed an Executive Order on Thursday which now prohibit traditional rulers from issuing consent letters for mining across the state.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Sulaiman Idris said the executive order was signed to stop one of the worst trends in the fight against banditry in the state.
He said : “The order has banned all consent letters for mining.
“This includes consent letters to individuals, companies, or organizations for mining activities.”
Governor Lawal explained that the decision was to curb the severe dangers posed by the rampant issuance of the consent letters.
He said : “In my administration’s resolve to tackle insecurity, I signed an executive order prohibiting traditional rulers from issuing consent letters for mining across the 14 local government areas of Zamfara.
“The mining activities in Zamfara have been identified as a significant factor contributing to the worsening security situation of the state, especially the menace of banditry.”
Governor Lawal said a responsible government would take decisive action to resolve illegal mining operations that have been contributing to the crisis in the state.(vitalnewsngr.com)