If elected president in 2023, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu says he will promote “legal mining” of natural resources.
Tinubu spoke on Tuesday at the APC presidential rally in Kaduna state’s Ahmadu Bello stadium.
Top APC leaders such as Abdullahi Adamu, the party’s national chairman, Kashim Shettima, the party’s vice-presidential candidate, and Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai attended the rally.
Other governors who attended the rally included Jigawa’s Abubakar Badaru, Kano’s Abdullahi Ganduje, Zamfara’s Bello Matawalle, and Plateau’s Simon Lalong.
Speaking about his action plan, the former Lagos governor stated that his industrial policy would put the country’s industries back to work.
Tinubu promised that his administration would transform the Abuja-Kaduna and Zaria-Kano highways into productive highways for travel and commerce.
Our industrial policy will make industries work again. Meanwhile, we shall give the youth the training, access and policy support to explore new economic frontiers in the digital economy and other uses of technology to create new goods and services that benefit the entire population,” Tinubu was quoted as saying by Tunde Rahman, his media aide, in a statement.
Our infrastructural policy will promote nationwide road and rail transport, enabling small businesses to easily transport their goods across state-lines and engage in productive trade throughout the land.
Federal roads, especially the Abuja-Kaduna, Zaria-Kano roads, will be turned into productive and safe highways for travel and commerce.
Bringing jobs and cheaper power for your homes and businesses, the AKK gas pipeline completion will be a top priority, helping to literally fuel the region’s economy.
We shall bring order to the mining industry discouraging illegal and dangerous mining, and promoting legal mining to bring better jobs, economic prosperity and security to Kaduna.
Meanwhile, the federal government has expressed concern about illegal mining activities in the country on several occasions and has reiterated its commitment to prosecute those who violate existing environmental laws.
According to TheCable’s investigation, illegal mining in Osun fuels poverty, river pollution, and sacred grove desecration.
In July 2022, the federal government announced plans for a nationwide ban on commercial motorcycles, also known as okada, as well as mining activities in an effort to alleviate the country’s growing insecurity.