By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Activities of unlicenced artisanals and small scales miners of gold and other precious stones at the College of Education, Minna in Niger State is threatening to sack a large portion of the institution in no distant time.
Disturbed by the increasing reckless mining acticities within the territories of the College, the authorities at the institution have cried out for the intervention of the relevant authorities to check the wanton destruction of the environment within the College.
A large portion of the College’s bushland have been encroached and taken over by all comers prospectors in gold and other precious stones.
The miners, made up mostly of women, young men, middle aged men and minors have been going on for sometimes now but got worse since the beginning of the years as the miners overturned land spaces around the meshy parts of the College’s boundary in search of gold.
Already, the Police in the state has warned members of the public engaged in illegal mining around the College to stear clear of the environment or risk arrest.
Illegal mining abound in several parts of the state capital Minna, particularly around Shango, Chanchaga, Bosso, Tudun Fulani, Gbagani, Kpakungu, Soje and areas behind the Army Barracks and Koropkan at the outskirts of Chanchaga bridge.
Our correspondent in Minna reports that until few years back, activities of artisanal miners was a great threat to the Golf Course at the Minna Golf Club where all comers ransacked and upturned the land spaces recklessly in their search for gold and tantalites.
The spokesman of the Police at the Niger state Police Command, Abubakar Mohammed said in a statement that prospecting in solid minerals without license was illegal and punishable under the country’s laws.
Though no arrest has so far been effected at the College of Education, Minna, the trend may continue as those involved are believed to be locals living at the fringes of the adjorning communuty to the college.
The College of Education, Minna is flanked by Shango, a shanty satalite town and other villagers.