The Commissioner, Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, Kwara State, Adenike Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, has commended the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in checking the activities of illegal miners and non-payment of royalties to the Federal Government.
She gave the commendation while on a “Solidarity Visit” to the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC.
Commenting on efforts of the EFCC in curbing the menace, the Commissioner said, “Governor Abdulrasaq Abdulrahman is happy with what EFCC is doing.
According to the commissioner, Kwara state is one of the states of the Federation blessed with large quantities of varieties of solid minerals ranging from gold, lithium, precious metals, tantalite, columbite, dolomite and kaolin among others.
Responding, Ilorin Zonal Commander of the EFCC, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, Michael Nzekwe, pointed out that, “the Commission, in fulfilment of its mandate, as specified by the EFCC Act, 2004 has enforcement powers and equally empowered to take measures to prevent the commission of economic crimes, which include economic sabotage and royalty evasion as in this case and stressed on the need for enhanced collaboration between the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development and other stakeholders as key to sanitizing the mining sector in the state.