Over time, Nigerian leaders pay little or no attention at all to the very “little” things that threaten the lives of Nigerians. Thus, issues such as environmental pollution and environmental degradation through mining are often ignored.
While this trend could be attributed to the things that these leaders prioritize as far as growth and development are concerned, ignorance should not serve as an excuse here.
It is no news that Nigeria is blessed with lots of natural resource such as gold, zinc, coal, limestone, oil/gas and salt among numerous others. Therefore, there are lots of mining companies in the country through which these natural resources get processed.
For a long time now, there has been a serious or total silence on the hazards that come with these mining activities as most of the companies are situated in residential areas in Nigeria.
Note that one of the reasons why youths in the Niger-Delta part of the country have taken the law into their own hands and have been inflicting pains on Nigerians, foreign investors as well as the country’s economy is due to the environmental pollution that affect several communities in that region of the country as a result of the mining activities there.
Yet, most leaders are neither addressing the situation nor talking about it .
Due to some of these mining activities in Nigeria, some communities are being deprived of good or healthy water, healthy air as well as inadequate landscape.
It is due to this that the federal government has asked not less than 33 mining companies in the country to stop work for failing to oblige with certain environmental protection requirements laid out to them.
This was disclosed by the director, mines environmental compliance department, ministry of mines and steel development, Salim Salaam who said that the action by the federal government came after several warnings to the affected companies over their failure to live up the expectations of the ministry as far as environmental laws in the country are concerned.
According to The Cable, “Salaam said the mining operators were issued sanction letters on March 20 for failing to conduct Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Protection and Rehabilitation Programme (EPRP) and the Community Development Agreement (CDA).”
While we think this is a bold move by the federal government, we also urge them not to relent on their efforts towards making Nigeria pollution free, healthy and safe for the Nigerian child strict penalties like this.
Again, ensuring a safe environment for all in Nigeria is a collective effort, Nigerians must also learn in their own little ways to keep their environments clean and healthy through constant sanitation and adhering to governmental policies on environment.
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