Zamfara State authorities stated it has taken some stringent measures to deal with the a number of well being points related to lead poisoning within the state.
This was disclosed by the Secretary to the State Authorities (SSG), Alhaji Kabiru Balarebe on the opening of a 3 – Day workshop to develop motion plan for the management and prevention of lead poisoning related to artisanal gold mining within the state.
In accordance with him, lead poisoning was found by Medicines Sans Frontiers throughout routine immunization train in some mining villages of the southwest of Zamfara State in 2010.
“It was reported to be one of many worst of its varieties in human historical past the place over 700 youngsters died of the catastrophe,” he added.
“The catastrophe introduced gold mining in Zamfara state to international highlight, notably artisanal mining which is the dominant mining actions in lots of communities”
The Secretary to the State Authorities stated that the state authorities has taken mandatory steps to stop the reoccurrence of the painful expertise of 2010, notably organizing the artisanal miners into mining cooperatives as a step in direction of the formalization of their actions.
“That is consistent with the Nigeria Minerals and Mining Act 2007 and the mining Rules of 2011.”
“Although mining actions have been suspended by the federal authorities for safety causes, it’s our perception that by the point this system resumes, the artisanal miners that haven’t joined any cooperative will accomplish that.”
The state authorities scribe stated that the federal government of Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle is dedicated to maximizing the state’s potentials within the mining sector by the invitation of funding into the mining sector to advertise safer mining amongst artisanal miners.