10th Cross River Assembly Calls for State-Owned Mining Companies

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Legislators Pass Resolution Urging Government to Establish Exploration and Mining Firms

 

Concerned by the alarming rate of illegal mining activities within the state, legislators in Cross River have adopted a resolution, urging the state government to establish exploration and mining companies as a means of harnessing its mineral resources effectively NEGROIDHAVEN has garnered.

The resolution came following a motion moved by Hon. Linus Bassey Etim, the representative for Akamkpa II state constituency and Deputy Chief Whip of the House. In his motion, he highlighted that while the Federal Government retains the right to mine mineral resources, corporate entities can seek licenses from the Federal Ministry of Mining and Natural Resources. Hon. Etim emphasised that the state government should seize this opportunity and establish companies dedicated to mining activities across the state.

Hon. Etim enumerated numerous mineral resources abundant in Cross River State, including diamond, gold, barite, tourmaline, among others, which, if appropriately tapped, could significantly boost economic activities, provide employment opportunities, and generate revenue.

He expressed his concern over the rising rate of illegal mining within the state, which he deemed alarming. He stressed the need for the state to obtain the necessary licenses to engage in mining legally. He further pointed out that more than ten mining companies are currently operating in Akamkpa, highlighting the significant threat posed by illegal miners who exploit the state’s resources and harm the natural environment.

In response, Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem, the Speaker of the Assembly, commended the timeliness of the motion and emphasised the detrimental effects of illegal mining on the state’s ecosystem.

Lawmakers individually decried the surge in illegal mining activities occurring across the state. They expressed sadness over the state’s natural resources being depleted, leaving it in a state of devastation. They voiced their hopes that the government would take action to harness these valuable resources, ultimately improving the living standards of the citizens.

The adoption of this resolution signals a significant step forward in addressing the issue of illegal mining and ensuring the responsible and sustainable management of Cross River State’s mineral wealth.