Human Rights

Ministry produces handbook to guide mining activities

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has produced handbooks to guide miners on best environmental practices in the conduct of their activities.

Mr Salim Salaam, Director, Mines Environmental Compliance Department who stated this in Abuja, explained that the handbooks focussed on environmental-friendly and sustainable practices in line with global standards.

The director said that the two books include the Mining Environmental Regulatory Compliance in Nigeria, and Guidelines for the Production of Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation Programme Report.

He explained further that the handbooks would guide miners appropriately on mining activities and how to prepare the mandatory reports on their activities for the ministry.

According to him, the mining environmental regulatory compliance handbook highlighted laws and regulations on the sector to address potential environmental and social issues in the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources.

Salaam said the other handbook was produced to enlighten miners on the type of reports they were expected to submit to the ministry on their activities, so as to end “excuses” by miner’s inability to produce quality reports.

He said the objective was also to provide an acceptable structure reporting format and guide in the preparation of environmental protection and rehabilitation programme reports.

Salaam said the handbooks were produced at the end of 2016 and would be shared to all miners across the country soon.

Source: Voice of Nigeria