Stakeholders in the mining sector have been charged to cooperate with government to check illegal mining activities in the country.
The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, stated this at the Biennial Sand Mining Stakeholder’s forum by West African Pipeline Company Limited , held in Abeokuta.
Ashiru who said the call became necessary in view of the danger posed by the activities of the illegal miners to the people and environment, warned that the State Government would apply the full weight of law against erring sand miners, adding that a five-year jail term and N20 million fine await anybody culpable of the act.
The Commissioner emphasised the need for those issuing mining licenses at the Federal level to carry out necessary checks before issuing licenses.
In his address, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, represented by the Director of Mines Inspectorate, Karnap Wuyep, called on miners to regularise their operations and ensure they work within the confines of the regulations guiding the sector.
Earlier, External Relations Manager, Mensha of West African Gas pipeline Company (WAPCO), noted that the forum was organised by the multinational gas company to initiate public policy interventions, to combat illegal mining in the country.