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It’s unconstitutional for states to regulate mining – Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake says

Written by on October 12, 2023

Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Oladele Alake has said that it is unconstitutional for Governors to regulate mining in their respective states.  Speaking at a pre-event press conference in Abuja for the 8th edition of the annual Nigerian Mining Week 2023, Alake stated that mining belongs exclusively in the purview of the Federal Government. The minister also said that if states need to engage in mining activities, they should go through the right process and apply for a licence. He said; The states ban on mining activities across the country is a point that is really sore. And its a constitutional matter. I want to use this opportunity to get to the entire Nigerian public that no state and I repeat, no state has the authority to interfere in mining operations, no state has the authority, and it is not its a no-brainer. Its a constitutional matter.Mining belongs exclusively in the purview of the Federal Government, according to the Constitution. It is in the exclusive legislative list. It is not in the residual. It is not in the concurrent; its in the exclusive legislative list. Every item on the exclusive legislative list belongs to the Federal Government. There is no doubt about that. All items on the residual list belong to the states and all items in a concurrent section belong to both, but mining, like oil, and solid minerals belongs in the exclusive legislative, therefore, it is the Federal Government that has the authority; legal authorities as supported by the constitution to make laws regulations and operationalization of the solid minerals resources of Nigeria.Mind you we are not against any state that wants to engage a mining operation as long as it follows the due process. If any state wants to engage in mining, it can form its own special purpose vehicle, apply for a mining licence from the office of the minister for solid minerals and go through the due process, and be so licensed if it meets all the criteria.But for a state to wake up and say it is regulating mining activities is like a state waking up to ban oil exploration. It is downright illegal.The post Its unconstitutional for states to regulate mining – Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake says appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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