The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bwari, has said the ban on mining activities in Zamfara State would not last long because of investors.
Concise News reported that the ban was last week placed on mining activities in Zamfara to ensure the safety of lives and properties.
Speaking on Thursday, Bwari said “It’s quite unfortunate that we had to stop mining in Zamfara, a state so well endowed, a state in which we are right now doing some exploration works and where we have even discovered some minerals such as barite, nickel, manganese, and others.
“While pursuing economic activities, the human angle must be considered. It happened that lives were being lost to the criminal activities there.”
“And the intelligent reports of the security agents show that there is a nexus between mining activities and the armed banditry going on there.
“So they asked us to suspend mining there. But we believe it won’t last. Our message to investors or prospective investors is that this will not take a long time to be resolved as we are hopeful that the security agents will flush the criminals out of the place soon.”