Katsina State Commissioner for Resource Development, Mustapha Bello, has said that the state would establish a centre where artisanal miners can sell their products at reasonable prices.
According to him, 35 different mineral resources are available in the 34 local government areas of the state aside nearly 442 mining sites with 547 artisanal miners.
The commissioner made the disclosure in Katsina during a stakeholders’ conference on enhancing revenue collection and compliance with 2007 Mining Act.
Bello pledged that the ministry would organise the artisanal miners with a view to improving their standard of operations.
He said that the administration would ensure the development of the mining sector, in order to diversify the state’s economy and shore up its revenue.
In his remarks, the state Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, said the ministry had been directed to ensure that all revenues accruing from the mineral sector go into a central pool.
He said that the directive was to enhance transparency, accountability, reduce multiple taxes and ensure adherence to the 2007 Mining Act.
Yakubu urged the stakeholders to lend their support to the success of the new policy, which was meant to develop mining activities in the state.
The deputy governor stressed that the state could no longer depend on oil revenue for its development, as such it was necessary to tap other sectors for revenue.
He urged traditional rulers and other stakeholders to ensure that prospective miners comply with laid down rules and regulations guiding mining activities.