Mining Act 2007: Obsolete, needs amendment – Fadahunsi

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By Joy Odor

The Senator, representing Osun East Senatorial District, Francis Fadahunsi has observed that the Nigeria Minerals and Mining Act 2007 has become obsolete and needed to be amended by the 10th National Assembly in order for the law to effectively address and safeguard the rights of host communities.

Senator Fadahunsi who was just re-elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made the observation on Tuesday in an interview with journalists shortly after receiving his Certificate of Return from the Chairman, Independent National Electroal Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu which he dedicated to the good people of his constituency in Abuja.

He was of the opinion that the mining activities in Nigeria have been bastardized by the Chinese companies with the help of the outgoing government and urgently need to look into.

According to him, the host communities have suffered health challenges, air pollution, poisoning and various mining natural disasters that accompanied it, lamenting that, the mining companies are always doggies their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the host communities.

Fadahunsi enjoined the miners to ensure that their major CSR are given to the people and timely, informing that the resources are for the community and they have 10% to 20% of the share for the community development.

“We have to look into our mining activities that have been bastardized by the Chinese government with the help of the outgoing government.

“We have to let the miners know that the rights of the host communities are imperative through the corporate social responsibility. The people are suffering and poor when the mining companies are using their natural resources and even selling them and collect the profits.

“Most of the resources are ours and we should have 10% to 20% of it as our host right to develop our communities and take care of the natural disasters that follows it. So, this is the major challenges we should look into in the 10th Assembly.

“So, we have to galvanized the elders and the elites in our communities, particularly in Osun State where we must work together and make sure that the social responsibility of the miners are imperative. We must reflect the yearnings of the people and their sufferings.

“Our own is to pass a bill to address their problems and when these problems are solved, then Nigeria will move forward,” he narrated.

Speaking on the new Senators-elect, Fadahunsi assured of their full cooperation to put them through, adding that they are all in the Assembly to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians together which is the idea of their election.

“We will enjoy the cooperation of the new incoming Senators. We are only here to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians. The problems are many, and the people are feeling down and almost lost hope.

“The Senate and the House of Representatives must come up with the bills to address the problems. If the Executives are not having the good will to address the country challenges of the masses, then what are we doing here. So, anybody who comes here now and are having conflicting ideas is in the wrong place,” Fadahunsi stressed.

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