- The federal lawmaker representing Degema/Bonny constituency has condemned the government's Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative
- Farah Dagogo said the initiative is a semantic focused on favouring one region of the country
Dagogo said the Nigerian government had at several times denied other regions of Nigeria the right to control their resources
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A member of the House of Representative, Farah Dagogo, has berated the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMDI).
Dagogo, the lawmaker representing Degema/Bonny federal constituency in described PAGMDI as a semantics for resource control, designed to favour a particular part of the country.
The lawmaker said the whole idea behind PAGMDI is a smokescreen perfected to enable miners to become fully responsible for the sale and distribution of their natural resources (gold) in their areas unlike what is obtainable in the south.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on earlier presented locally mined gold bars made by the PAGMDI to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The FG paid the sum of N268 million for 12.5kg of gold. A majority of gold deposit in Nigeria is found in the north while a larger percentage of crude oil and gas is found in the south.
The president in justifying the move said the PAGMDI scheme would help reshape gold mining activities in Nigeria and prevent loss of value to illegal miners and smugglers.
However, in a statement signed by Ibrahim Lawal, the special adviser to Dagogoon media and publicity said by the structure of PAGMDI where gold are found, the scheme is 100% derivation revenue.
He also said the oil and gas producing communities in the south, on the contrary, are getting just 13 per cent derivation revenue.
Dagogo said: "The whole PAGMDI scheme is a smokescreen for resource control. It is all semantics designed to deceive Nigerians but heavily skewed to favour a particular section of the country."
He said the Nigerian government had at several times denied other regions of Nigeria the right to control their resources.
Dagogo said he wondered why the north will be allowed to control its resources through the cover of PAGMDI.
The lawmaker also said he wondered why the federal government has not extended similar rush of gusto to the south south and other regions considering the speed at which PAGMDI has become operational in less than 10 months after it was set up.
"Now that the north is in control of its resources as established by PAGMDI, the south south and other regions with natural resources are entitled to control theirs too," Dagogo said.
He added that: "The difference is very clear, what we have in the South is 13% derivation revenue, whereas, in the north with PAGMDI, it is 100% derivation revenue. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the governor of Kebbi state, Atiku Bagudu, had announced that the federal government approved local mining in Kebbi and Osun states.
Bagudu also commended President Buhari for giving the local artisans a means of livelihood, adding that the local miners are to produce gold for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
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