Enugu Govt seals  Ogbakiri- Ugwogo coal  mining site Mkpologu, warns operators

 Enugu State Government has sealed 

Ogbakiri- Ugwogo illegal coal  mining site Mkponato, Mkpologu, in  Uzo-Uwanu  Local Government Area of the state, warning operators to desist from the  illegal operations or face the law.

Pix- Sealing of the site

Special Adviser to the Governor on Energy and Mineral Resources, Dr. Kingsley Nnaji, gave the warning Tuesday, after sealing the site . He warned that no mining activity should take place there until  the operators come to the office of the  Special Adviser to the Governor on Energy and Mineral Resources to validate their documents.

Pix: SPA ,Energy and Mineral Resources,

He said, ” We are sealing this site and  leaving a warning here that no mining operation will take place , until the operators come to ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to validate their documents.. So, this site is sealed until they come.and identify themselves. We are a combined team of the officials of  the  Ministry of Environment and  officials of  Energy and Mineral Resources,”.

Pix- Nnaji

Nnaji, handed over the security of the site to Ezeugwu Alphonsus, leader of a local vigilante group in  the town, and asked him not to allow the operators to carry out any activity there until they come for validation at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. He added that if they failed to do that and still continued with the illegal mining at the site, they will be arrested,  prosecuted and their equipment  confiscated, “there is a court order to that”, he said 

 Nnaji told Ezeugwu to also tell the operators not to remove the seal .

Pix- The. Ogbakiri- Ugwogo illegal coal mining site

Evidences of mining operations at the site were seen and samples taken . No arrest was made as operators deserted the site, .

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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