Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has banned illegal mining and extraction of solid minerals in the state.
The ban was announced by the governor yesterday while receiving a delegation from the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in Awka, the state capital.
The delegation is on a nationwide tour.
Obiano said his administration was committed to plugging all leakages in the revenue collection process in the state.
He directed all licensed miners to work with the state Ministry of Science and Technology to ensure proper documentation and monitoring of their activities.
The head of the delegation, Dr. Casmir Anyanwu, said the visit was to sensitise state governments to the need to adopt solid minerals as a viable option to sustain the country’s economy.
He added that over 40 mineral resources had been identified across the 774 local councils in the country.
Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Disability Matters, Chuks Ezewuzie, has disclosed plans by the state government to employ about 200 graduates with disabilities into the state civil service.
Ezewuzie said yesterday that 150 applicants had already been screened and were waiting for their postings.
He said offering automatic employment to graduates with disabilities was part of Governor Obiano’s pledge to assist vulnerable persons in the state.