Otayitie Eminefu, Special Adviser on Energy to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, says plans to generate appreciable revenue to build capacity in mining industry across the state have been concluded. Eminefo also disclosed that Kogi House of Assembly had passed a bill on ‘Kogi State Mineral Resources Development Agency ( MRDA )’ into law recently, adding that the bill was designed to create legislation around the guiding Act of the industry, and provide effective participation, exploration and exploitation of mineral resources within the state by the government.
He equally emphasized that the agency was basically to generate revenue, build capacity and ensure that the used facilities by mining companies such as roads, water and land, are replenished.
He stressed that the agency will be a one stop-shop for all mining activities within Kogi, that would maximises revenue that come from mineral resources within its borders.
“It will ensure a cohesive funding for miners and increase their capacity, while protecting the citizens from suffering through mining activities within the state.
“Ensure that host communities benefit maximally as allowed by the Mineral and Mines Act of 2005 passed by the National Assembly, from the activities of the mining companies,”
However, he noted that even though mining was under the exclusive list, it cannot stop the state from legislating around the act to protect the state’s interest in the mining industry.
“Regulation is done by the Federal Ministry, but this agency would ensure that it had a full list of miners and mining companies who are operating within the state.The agency will collaborate with security agencies to ensure that the right thing is done in terms of the environmental impact assessment plans as the miners carried out their activities.
It will also oversee the aspect that deals with the state including the local governments, which have share of the revenue generated within their borders,” he said.
The Special Adviser on Energy equally disclosed that the bill that established the agency was initiated and drafted by his office which he said was authorised by the Governor, adding that this is the first time in the history kogi would have a regulatory body for mining industry in the state.
The SA on Energy who doubles as the Chairman of the Petroleum Products Monitoring Committee ( PPMC ) commended both Governor Yahaya Bello and the state assembly for his foresight in pushing the bill and it’s passage