Just In: Kogi Assembly shuts down ETA ZUMA Mining Industry. directs mining companies to register

Kogi State House of Assembly has directed that ETA ZUMA mining industry limited be shut down immediately.
The Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee probing mining industries in the State, Hon Umar Isah Tenimu gave the directive today during the continuation of the public investigative hearing in the House.
Tenimu said the company would remain shut down until it has registered with Kogi State Ministry of Solid Minerals and paid the social contribution funds as well as other fees to the state.

The Chairman of the committee also directed that all companies in the state must register with the Ministry of Solid Minerals within one month without which they should be shut down.

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Earlier before the Committee axed ETA ZUMA mining industry limited, Hon Hilarion Collins Musa had suggested shutting down of the company until the necessary documents are made available.
According to him the company would continue to undermine Kogi State House of Assembly with various excuses of gathering their documents to no avail, noting that the company was not straight forward since it commenced operation in the state since 2014.

Also Hon Ahmed Dahiru in his contribution said the company was trying to buy time and it was obvious it has no documents . He then seconded the shutting down of the company till it was ready to do the needful
Hon Ademola Destiny Bello also supported the shutting down of the company until the documents are made available.

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The clerk of the committee was directed to communicate National Civil Defence Corps to effect the order .
Also Hon Barr Cosmas Atabor quarried the use of a conditional clause used by Mr Francis Okere, a staff of ETA ZUMA mining industry limited who was rude to the ad hoc committee.
According to Him Atabor, the adhoc committee had accused Mr Francis of speaking rudely and harshly on phone to the Committee Clerk which brought about his being directed to appear before the committee with an apology letter.
However instead of writing an unreserved apology ,Mr Francis had written a letter where in he used the word if ,interpreted to mean he was rude only in the eyes of the committee.

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Atabor further averred that the questionair sent to the company was a simple one which requires that the company submit
relevant documents to the State Assembly.

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