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Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by Etrusen(m): 12:57pm On Nov 14
South-South Governors Meet Monday over Zamfara Gold

Okowa: We cannot apply laws in such a manner that it becomes discriminatory; you cannot mine solid minerals somewhere in Zamfara and you won’t allow Niger Delta manage their oil


It has now been confirmed that the six governors of the South- south region will meet in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday, under the umbrella of the Forum of South-South Governors, to discuss issues around the mining of gold in Zamfara State.

A source close to one of the governors told THISDAY last night that all arrangements for the meeting had been concluded and that Governor Nyesom Wike is excited hosting the crucial meeting.

“The governors are looking towards taking a common decision on the Zamfara gold issue on Monday. This decision will be forwarded to President Buhari. South-south states also want ‘artisanal’ mining of oil,” added the source.

Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, had last Wednesday expressed worry at “federal government’s apparent tacit endorsement of the decision of Zamfara State to assume exclusive right to solid minerals in the state, particularly the gold deposits.”

Okowa then hinted that the South-south governors were planning a meeting over the issue and that they were unanimous on the need to address the constitutionality of the alleged Zamfara government’s action.

In a veiled reference to the federal government’s support for “artisanal mining of gold”, particularly with President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration of the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative, Okowa vowed that the South-south states would resist “such a discriminatory disposition, that runs foul of the constitutional provision on ownership of mining rights in Nigeria.”

Okowa, who is the Chairman of the Forum, assured that the governors were united in their support for unattended issues of restructuring and devolution of more powers, as well as resources down to the local government level.

Okowa said, “The South-south governors have been in the forefront for the devolution of power to states and local governments. Restructuring, resource control and security of the country, especially in the Niger Delta will be a major topic of discussion at the Presidential parley coming up in Port Harcourt.

“There are Acts of the National Assembly that dealt specifically and unequivocally with oil production and solid minerals. We cannot apply laws in such a manner that it becomes discriminatory because you cannot mine solid minerals somewhere in Zamfara and not allow Niger Delta to manage their oil.”

The Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI) is a comprehensive artisanal and small-scale gold mining development programme, launched in 2019 to foster the formalisation and integration of artisanal gold mining activities into Nigeria’s legal, economic, and institutional framework.

Federal government, in collaboration with the Kebbi State Government, inaugurated the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining and Biometric Data Capture and Enrolment Exercise in Yauri Local Government Area of Kebbi in February.

The programme, which is a federal government initiative to be operated by PAGMI, in partnership with the Kebbi State Government, will formalise the artisanal mining groups for the much needed support and capacity building aimed at upscaling their processes, creating more jobs and enhancing incomes.

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite said the steps taken would lead to improved practices, access to finance and equipment, create jobs and sanitise the artisanal miners’ operations.

The minister added: “Undoubtedly, it will grow the economy of the state through diversification into solid minerals development.”

Executive Secretary of the Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF), Hajiya Fatima Umaru Shinkafi explained that Kebbi and Osun were selected to kick start the pilot project.

She said the programme was part of President Buhari’s economic diversification agenda through the Anchor Borrowers Programme.

She said: “Federal government wants to create more jobs in rural areas of Nigeria in line with his mission to create million jobs.”

Fatima further said the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) would enroll the first batch of artisanal gold miners under the pilot scheme.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/11/14/south-south-governors-meet-monday-over-zamfara-gold/amp/

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by 1Alex: 1:02pm On Nov 14
Very neccessary

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by persius555(m): 1:06pm On Nov 14
Gbam. The rightful owners of Nigeria has woken up. Constitutional standoff loading....

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by duduade: 1:07pm On Nov 14
Say Wetin happen

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by tamdun: 1:10pm On Nov 14
Very good, it's time to speak up, if fed govt allows Zamfara to keep their gold, why won't they allow SS do same

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by November1857(m): 1:10pm On Nov 14
RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA NOW OR RISK BREAK UP!
PASTOR ENOCH ADEBOYE ....

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by Leboska(m): 1:10pm On Nov 14
That's nice but I don't want talk alone, time for action is now, how monkey go dey Work baboon go dey chop.

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by Nobody: 1:10pm On Nov 14
Thunder fire Bulhary

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by misano(m): 1:12pm On Nov 14
Restructure & make the states more competitive. Restructuring will make power feel closer to D people. Hope that be their resolve. Soro Soke South-south.

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by IJOBA2: 1:18pm On Nov 14
OUR SOUTHERN WILLING TOOLS LIKE HELINUES AKA TECM0 AND ISHAQ AKINTOLA WILL NOT LIKE THIS NEW sad

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by helinues: 1:19pm On Nov 14
Lazy governor's.

Why not tapped from your own other natural resources?

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by ggood: 1:19pm On Nov 14
restructuring loading

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by IJOBA2: 1:21pm On Nov 14
helinues:
Lazy governor's.

Why not tapped from your own other natural resources?
I TALK AM

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by ThatFairGuy: 1:31pm On Nov 14
Get us back to Regional Government, RestructureNgNOW and review our constitution.

It's a NECESSITY

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by complexBoss12: 1:33pm On Nov 14
Hausa/Fulani are the most selfish set of people alive.

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by nabiz(m): 1:34pm On Nov 14
IJOBA2:
I TALK AM
you really talk am lol

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by BigSarah(f): 1:36pm On Nov 14
Dead on Arrival

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by nabiz(m): 1:37pm On Nov 14
persius555:
Gbam. The rightful owners of Nigeria has woken up. Constitutional standoff loading....
day don break for there eyes. Initial gra gra

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by stevnwigw1: 1:40pm On Nov 14
...the most painful, they want to use our oil money to pay repentant bokoharam alleged 150k naira monthly.

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by nyerovwo04: 1:41pm On Nov 14
This governors are weak n mad������They dont need a meeting before deciding the right words to say.if niger delta oil is for nigeria then simple zamfara gold is for nigeria or everybody keep wat ever is in ur land so no need for d meeting abeg make dem no de make noise they shud act n b fast about it

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by Etrusen(m): 1:41pm On Nov 14
helinues:
Lazy governor's.
Why not tapped from your own other natural resources?

why are you talking like this now abi you are just too
make I rest make case first

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by Etrusen(m): 1:41pm On Nov 14
helinues:
Lazy governor's.
Why not tapped from your own other natural resources?

why are you talking like this now abi you are just too
make I rest make case first
Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by Etrusen(m): 1:41pm On Nov 14
duduade:
Say Wetin happen


who b this na
Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by Nobody: 1:42pm On Nov 14
Etrusen:



why are you talking like this now abi you are just too

make I rest make case first

Don't u know he's one of the top resident zombies here?? He is paid 30k to do what he is doing. He has to justify his pay.

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by NigerDeltaIgbos: 1:43pm On Nov 14
Good move initiated by Okowa, enough of this cheating in Nigeria. You mine your gold and keep the proceeds, yet you still come and collect the oil proceeds in my own backyard.

Nonsense and Nigeria!

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by Nobody: 1:43pm On Nov 14
IJOBA2:
OUR SOUTHERN WILLING TOOLS LIKE HELINUES AKA TECM0 AND ISHAQ AKINTOLA WILL NOT LIKE THIS NEW sad

Then their families should get ready to bury them. U can't be a clog in the wheel of progress and expect to live

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by Etrusen(m): 1:43pm On Nov 14
azmanaty2:


Don't u know he's one of the top resident zombies here?? He is paid 30k to do what he is doing. He has to justify his pay.


Abeg help me tell am make he park well oo b4 we descend on am

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Re: Zamfara Gold Mining: South-South Governors To Meet On Monday by NigerDeltaIgbos: 1:45pm On Nov 14
nyerovwo04:
This governors are weak n mad������They dont need a meeting before deciding the right words to say.if niger delta oil is for nigeria then simple zamfara gold is for nigeria or everybody keep wat ever is in ur land so no need for d meeting abeg make dem no de make noise they shud act n b fast about it

Lolz, people dey vex o

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