released weekend in Abuja that several illegal artisanal operations in Nigeria’s solid mineral sector were being sponsored by Chinese and Indian companies but with support from local authorities.
agencies with which they can use to hunt down such firms in the sector.”
payments made by companies in the forms of royalties, ground rents/annual surface rents, taxation and levies.
their somewhat mode of operation, which proved quite challenging in garnering whatever payments received by the government from them.
sector of the extractive industry is now, we successfully undertook a scoping study in the solid minerals sector which confirms that all notable minerals are available in commercial quantity in all states, local government and communities in Nigeria starting from gold, bitumen, diamond, salt, coal, iron ore, limestone, lead and zinc and the country can benefit in revenue from them,” Mitee said.