Senate Summons Fayemi Over Zamfara Lead Poisoning
The Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr Kayode Fayemi, is to appear before the Nigeria Senate to brief the upper legislative body on how the ministry intends to ensure protection of the residents of mining host communities against lead poisoning and other hazards.
This followed the resolution of the Senate on a motion on “Update on Lead Poisoning in Zamfara and the need to prevent further propagation of the resources theory” by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (APC-Lagos).
Senator Tinubu, had on the floor of plenary, on Tuesday, noted that Nigeria did not qualify as a mining state.
According to her, the 2016 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) breakdown showed the mining sector’s contribution to the nation’s GDP as abysmal.
“It revealed that the nation’s mining sector is almost redundant, that the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr Fayemi, is working to resuscitate the sector, and that the ministry has approved a mining roadmap.”
In his remarks, the Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, who presided at plenary, said that the senate must pursue its mandate by putting things right. “We are aware that a lot of illegal mining is going on and we must set things right,” he said.
The Senate thus directed its Committee on Environment and Solid Minerals to visit the affected communities to ascertain the level of damage done and report back to the red chamber.