PricewaterCoopers tasks govt on illegal mining in Nigeria

PricewaterCoopers tasks govt on illegal mining in Nigeria
A mining site in Nigeria

Activities of illegal miners can be reduced if the government wakes up to its responsibility of monitoring.

Director, PricewaterCoopers (PwC), Cyril Azobu, said in an interview that until serious attention was given to this by the government, the problem may not be solved.

He added that it was an issue that needed to be addressed urgently. Azobu, however, agreed there had been talks on discouraging illegal mining, regretting that there had not been any significant success in this regard.

He said the government at some point tried to sensitise the monitoring agencies to address the issue.

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He said: “I think to be able to fully address illegal mining you have to have all agencies switched on; customs needs to be switched on because people are smuggling, and somebody has to be there to check at the point of exit.”

He urged the government to check those who are buying the illegally mined mineral resources, adding that if there are no buyers, there will be no incentive to keep on with the illicit trade.

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