Nigeria’s Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi has called on the Federal Government to find ways around current constitutional limitations and legacy challenges in the mining industry to ensure grassroots stakeholders participation.
Fayemi made the call at the maiden edition of the Ministry’s strategic engagement with the 774 Local Government Council Chairman and other key Mining Stakeholders in Abuja. The virtual conference, had the theme, “Sustainable Mining in Nigeria: The critical Role of Local Governments for the Realisation of Economic Diversification Agenda Through the Mineral Sector”.
The governor observed that in keeping with the provisions of the mining roadmap, grassroots stakeholders should be well positioned to benefit optimally from mining activities going on in their respective communities.
Eradicating exploitative labour practices
“The grassroots are the ones we must empower to help in eradicating exploitative labour practices and gender inequities in the industry, to promote environmental justice and sustainability in mining operations. We must ensure safety and security in mining communities in the country, and protect our commonwealth from economic saboteurs, including the generation of employment opportunities, the reduction of poverty, and the promotion of rural economies,” said Gov Fayemi.
“Local inhabitants of communities at the grassroots should always be the first to benefit from mining activities in their domains. Local government leaders and critical stakeholders are key to promoting peace and unity in the country and ensuring harmony between host communities, state governments and the federal authorities, all On the Road to Shared Mining Prosperity,” he added.
The National President, Women in Mining, Hon. Janet Adeyemi also expressed displeasure on harassment being encountered by women in mining on the field on a daily basis. She further called on government to empower women in mining with funds, as mining requires adequate funding.
Other participants at the conference called for the development of downstream sector, synergy among the three tiers of government, access to funding from different sources, such as CBN, BoI to enable miners operate effectively.