- Nigeria's number one citizen, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that his government would soon end insecurity in the country
- Buhari made this known on Tuesday, March 16, during a programme at the University of Ibadan
- According to him, the mining industry has a large capacity in creating good jobs and wealth for the people
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration has discovered that criminals have infiltrated the mining industry in the country.
The Punch reports that Buhari made this known on Tuesday, March 16, while declaring open the 56th annual international conference and exhibition of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) held at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
Legit.ng gathered that the theme of the conference was: ‘Responsible exploration and exploitation of mineral resources in a secured environment.
The president's address was read by the minister of state for mines and steel development, Uchechukwu Ogah.
The president said since most mining activities were taking place in remote places, it was easy for criminals to infiltrate the mining industry.
Buhari added that the money made from the industry was being used to fund criminal activities to the detriment of the economy of the country and its security.
The Nation also reports that the president stated that apart from the security implications of the criminals on the economy, their actions were affecting the security of lives and property of the people in many ways.
The president said:
“The reality of this truth is most obvious in the minerals sector given the fact that mining activities take place in remote localities. Our intelligence gathering efforts have confirmed that most of these criminal elements have infiltrated the mining industry and are using it as means of funding their despicable activities."
Buhari restated the commitment of his regime to diversifying Nigeria’s economy using mining and agriculture sectors as a viable option.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the two female students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye abducted by armed bandits have regained their freedom.
It was reported that the Ogun state police command confirmed their release to Channels Television on Tuesday night, March 16.
The police spokesman in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, noted that the students, identified as Adeyemo Precious and Oyefule Abiola, returned unhurt.
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