“All areas under suspension are to resume activities, except for the Mpape axis. However, mining companies are advised to place sensors on their sites…” – Abubakar Bwari
Samuel Bello, Abuja
The Presidential Committee on earth tremor has with immediate effect partially lifted initial suspension imposed on all blasting and mining activities around the areas that experienced earth tremors in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recently.
The suspension was put in place in order to enable the team of experts, put together by the ministry, do a thorough investigation into the remote causes of what triggered the tremor.
Arising from a crucial meeting, held in the Ministry of Science and Technology, the cabinet committee on earth tremors, said constructions and blasting of stones resumes around the affected areas with the exception of Mpape.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Abubakar Bwari, disclosing the federal government’s decision to lift the suspension, said the decision to resume mining activities around areas that experienced minor earth tremors only accommodates construction activities and blasting of stones.
“The Federal Government after review of the suspension of blasting and mining activities around areas that experienced minor earth tremors has decided to lift the suspension placed on such activities with immediate effect. All areas under suspension are to resume activities, except for the Mpape axis. However, mining companies are advised by this renewed move to ensure they put in place sensors on their sites to detect some would be tremors before it happens,” Bwari said.