The Chairman of State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO), Kogi Chapter, Hajiya Hassiat Suleiman, has charged stakeholders in the Mining Sector to maintain neutrality in the discharge of their duties in the sector, stating that neutrality will ensure sustainable development.
She made the remark during a meeting between MIREMCO, Representatives of Ogbagebe, Ika District, Ankpa LGA, Sybstec Nigeria Ltd and representatives of Zuma 828 Coal Ltd, domiciled in Kogi State.
The meeting held at the instance of the Federal Mines Officer in Charge of Kogi State to curtail lingering issues between Sybstec Nigeria Ltd and Zuma 828 Coal Ltd, where the latter complained of encroachment into their legal Title Area.
In attendance were the commander in charge of mining of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Muhammad Sambo and officers from the Department of State Security Services, among others.
Hajiya Suleiman urged the representatives of the community to foster peace and welcome every investor into their land for the purpose of growth and development. She also admonished them to allow government officials to carry out their duties, as empowered by prevailing law. She went further to say that preventing officials from carrying out their legal duties might attract sanctions from the appropriate channels.
In a related development, the Committee rejoiced with Alhaji Alhassan Jibrin who until retirement, was a director in the Federal Ministry of Environment and a statutory member of the Committee. A brief ceremony was held in his honour where a meritorious service award was presented to him.