Enugu State Government says it has begun sealing illegal mining sites and those without environmental impact certifications and mitigation plans in the state.
Prof. Sam Ugwu, the Chairman of the Enugu State Committee on Mining Activities, stated this when the committee visited a site owned by Milhouse Ltd. in Awhum, Udi Local Government Area.
Addressing newsmen after a firsthand inspection of mining activities at the site, Ugwu, who is the state commissioner for Environment and Climate Change, said there were various infringements ranging from environmental degradation to blasting without approval and due regulations.
According to him, the miners are suspected of being involved in the non-remittance of staff tax and pension contributions to the state government despite deducting them from the staff.
He said that the government would not fold its hands and watch the environment be destroyed and lives endangered.
“Our mission is basically to seal, on behalf of the state government, mining activities that do not have any recourse to the state government.