In a bid to rid the state of illegal miners, Ebonyi government has closed down some illegal mining firms operating in the state.
This was revealed to journalists in the state by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Solid Mineral Development, Hon. Edwin Onwe.
Onwe maintained that government would not tolerate further illegal mining activities in the state, adding that the ministry has concluded plans to install hidden cameras on borders linking the state to other states to stop illegal movement of solid minerals.
The SA told newsmen that solid minerals belonging to the state were being diverted out of the state through Cross River, Enugu and Abia states, and as a result, he has posted taskforce officials to different mining sites in the state to monitor activities there.
“The government of Ebonyi state is frowning at illegal mining in the state , just few days ago, I personally posted Technical Assistants(TAs) to our Governor to all the mining sites and all the borders; our borders between Abia and Enugu, I posted some people who are monitoring what is happening there. That of Enugu and Ebonyi, I also posted the TAs who serve as taskforce in this ministry.
“At the quarry sites, I posted some youths who are recording what is happening there. So, at the end of every week, they feed me back. In no distant time, all these leakages will stop.
“We also intend to put cameras in all the borders i.e. that of Abia and Ebonyi, Enugu and Ebonyi.
“We are trying to stop a situation where some investors are moving our solid minerals illegally. Some are moving through Cross River, Enugu and Abia,” he noted

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