Mining. Image: Daily Trust

The Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development is set to start environmental monitoring to ensure compliance with Nigeria’s mining laws.

This was revealed by the Director, Mines Environmental Compliance Department of the Ministry Sallim Salaam on Sunday in Abuja.

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Salaam told NAN that the states picked from the six political zones are Edo, Cross River, Oyo, Ebonyi, Nasarawa, Benue, Kogi, Kaduna, Zamfara and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“We also visited lead and zinc mining sites in Ebonyi and a granite mining site in Calabar,” he added.

He noted that the programme began in October and would end by mid-December.

” We want to ensure that they comply with all environmental requirements with regard to the fulfilment of “Environmental Protection Rehabilitation Programme,” he noted.

“The idea of this programme is to also ensure that all title holders reclaim all sites mined and to revert to the status-quo as required by the law.”