The Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee have commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for tackling illegal mining activities and non-payment of royalties to the Federal Government.
The Chairman of the group who doubles as the chairman, Nigeria Mining and Geo-science Society Ilorin Chapter, Abdulraman Ottan, made the commendation during a solidarity visit to the commission’s zonal command in Ilorin.
Ottan declared support for the intervention of the EFCC in regulating the mining sector, which he described as a “bold step”.
He expressed readiness of the committee to collaborate and partner with the commission, while urging every sector of the economy to work with the anti-graft agency in order to rid the country of corruption.
Responding, the Zonal Commander, Michael Nzekwe, expressed delight with the visit, saying there is still hope for Nigeria.
Nzekwe said that the action of the commission to clamp down on suspected illegal miners in the state was not to witch-hunt but to regulate the sector and ensure that the right thing was done in line with the mandate of the commission. He appealed to the public to support the EFCC in its efforts to fight corruption and make Nigeria a better place.