- Zamfara government has addressed the controversy of mining gold in the state
- The government said it does not own any goldfield across the state
- This was made known by the Zamfara state commissioner in charge of the ministry of solid minerals
Dr. Nuruddeen Isa, the Zamfara commissioner in charge of the ministry of solid minerals, has opened up on the state's involvement in mining gold.
The commissioner on Wednesday, November 18, insisted that the state government does own any goldfield and was also not directly involved in the mining activities as speculated in some reports.
Legit.ng gathered that Isa made the clarification while addressing journalists in his office on Wednesday, November 18.
“The state government doesn’t own any portion of the goldfields throughout the state and is not involved in mining activities.”
While noting that mineral resources belonged to the federal government, Isa added that gold is purchased from illegal miners by Zamfara state in order not to allow it fall into the wrong hands.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara on Tuesday, August 25 revealed that foreigners are exchanging arms for gold and other precious mineral resources in his state.
The governor made the revelation while answering questions from State House correspondents after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari.
Governor Matawalle had presented some gold bars and other precious stones mined in Zamfara to the president during his visit.
In a related development, Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has faulted the move by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to allow states like Zamfara mine and manage gold.
Okowo made his grievances known during a quarterly media interaction with journalists on Wednesday, November 11, in Asaba.
The governor of Delta state who criticised the government's decision to stop Niger Delta states from managing their oil and gas resources described the policy as “discriminatory.”
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