IGR: Gov Idris inspects Mining sites in Kebbi, To Woo Investors

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By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna

As part of efforts to boost internally generated revenue in Kebbi State,  Governor, Dr Nasir Idris (Kauran Gwandu) has inspected mining sites at Warrah and Birnin Yauri in Ngaski and Yauri local government areas of the state respectively.

The governor promised to woo investors to the state to take advantage of the mining sector.

A statement signed by Ahmed Idris, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, noted that on the sideline of inspection tour on Saturday, the governor said the tour was part of efforts to revive mining activities in the respective areas apart from diversifying the revenue base of the state.

He noted with satisfaction that Kebbi State had multiple sources of revenue beside farming, yet, it remained one of the major and giant contributor to national food security.

Gov. Idris assured that his government was ready to support mining activities in all ramification to make it more formal, more attractive and more interesting to not only miners but also to potential investors. 

The governor said,  “the present administration is ready to holistically revive mining activities in the state to attract investors and also boost the internally generated revenue of the state.

“I want to use this medium to charge the youth engaged in the mining activities to be law abiding and to ensure that any new comer to the area is identified by community leaders to avoid any criminal tendencies.”

Conducting the governor round the area, the Chairman, Ngaski Local Government Area, Alhaji Abdullahi Buhari Warrah said that mining activities had been on in the areas for a very long time, however, saying that some miners had abandoned the business.

The chairman expressed delight that the new administration under Kauran Gwandu was ready to revive and formalise the business in the areas.

Buhari-Warrah assured the Governor that the council was ready to extend all the necessary support to what he described as gigantic efforts to diversify the state’s IGR. 

Those in attendance were, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Yakubu Bala Tafida, Hon. Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Abubakar Chika, Commissioner of Solid Minerals and Mines Development, Haliru Mohammed Wasagu, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment,  Kuderate Shuaibu, Special Adviser on Mines and chairmen of Yauri and Shanga local governments areas.

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