The Federal Government has said it is ready to revive the coal mines in Enugu State so as to enable them contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
The Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, revealed this on Friday in Enugu when he visited the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, with a team from the ministry.
Ogah, while speaking with journalists after the meeting, said the team was in Enugu on a fact-finding mission with regard to “what is already on ground, what the Federal Government has done and what we can do to revive the coal mines in Enugu State so that they can help grow the economy and generate jobs.”
He further disclosed that the step was in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to pull “over one million people out of poverty”, stressing that “we believe that mining sector is one of the key areas that can be used to do that.”
The minister also commended the state governor for his administration’s steadfastness and collaboration with the Federal Government towards the resuscitation of coal mines in the state.
“Enugu State stands in a right pedestal to be one of the key states that will be used for this purpose”, he said, adding that the Federal Government is determined to address the challenges hindering the full operation of coal mining in Enugu State so that every royalty due to it and the state is realized.
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