It has been reported that only eight hundred and ninety (890) out of the one thousand three hundred miners whom were purported to have been registered by the minerals commission, availed themselves for vetting by the Inter Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
The fact as contained in a presentation by the Secretary to the IMCIM, Charles Bissue, highlighted a couple of observations that might have deterred some “illegal miners” from the process.
It was observed by the IMCIM, that about twenty concessions were being owned and operated by a single individual, some other miners undeclared their concession areas, whiles a section of them presented invalid Tax Identification Numbers during the validation exercise some months ago.
Another critical observation was that some miners submitted suspicious company registration and license documents, with some others having differing names of concessions on mining license from that of the business registration document.
Charles Bissue made these remarks on Day 2 of the 5th National Policy Summit, on the subject “Protecting the natural resoures through improved regulatory regime”.