The Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Initiative introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari has registered 20,000 artisanal miners in Kebbi State. Alhaji Abubakar Dakingari, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, disclosed in his statement issued in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.
In his remark, he stated that the program was all about giving legal backing and support to artisanal miners. ‘We appreciate the Federal Government for making Kebbi State a beneficiary of the program as this initiative has put a halt to activities of illegal miners and improved the economic prosperity of youths, thereby reducing insecurity,’ he said.
The FG gold mining Initiative was launched in Birnin Yauri, Ngaski Local Government of Kebbi State early this year. The initiative also covers artisanal miners in Osun State. Alhaji Dankari stated that Governor Bagudu had assured that the state government would take all necessary action to assist victims of the recent flooding in the state and render support to farmers to recover losses.
He added that prior to school resumption on Monday, the state government would put in place speedy arrangements to provide alternative classrooms for those whose schools were being used as camps for Internally Displaced persons.