Miners raise dust over double taxation

In a related development, the Minister of State Mines and Steel Development Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah during a meeting with stakeholders in Akwa Ibom, enjoined operators to ensure they always obtain the relevant licences and pay due royalties to the federation account to enable government meet its obligations to the citizens.

Ogah noted that with the eight mineral resources in the state, it could create wealth for the people of Akwa Ibom if the operators are willing to work together and synergize, adding that they should bridge the gap between the federal and state governments for the smooth running of the sector in the state.

He tasked the commissioner for environment and solid minerals, Charles Udoh to follow up and resolve the issue of the Akwa-Ibom State Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO).

Earlier, the Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Charles Udoh disclosed that with the approval of the Akwa Ibom Deep Sea Port, dredging business is going to increase in the state.

He therefore tasked the miners to ensure they register and regularise their operations so they can grow their business and benefit from the huge mining opportunities in the state.

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