The federal government has assured that the safer mining programme in Zamfara State put in place as a result of the lead poisoning there was on course.
Over 400 children reportedly died in some communities in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas of the State in 2010 because of the incident.
The Director of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in the Ministry of
Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Obiora Azubike, made the disclosure at the 12th stakeholders meeting on the lead.
poisoning incident at Gusau, the Zamfara State.
Azubike disclosed that the process for the tendering, bidding and offer of the contracts for the safer mining programme had been completed and the successful contractors had commenced work since.
The Director disclosed that the programme was being implemented with the N158.3 million intervention fund released by the Federal Government to the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development for the safer mining programme in Zamfara State.
According to the director, the components of the safer mining programme include: sensitisation on safer mining; procurement and installation of safer mining equipment; setting up of three
mineral processing centres in the state; and provision of extension services to Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Cooperatives in the state.
He also stated that one mining post at Bagega had been completed while the one at Maru was under construction.