President Tinubu Donates N50 Million To Niger Mine Collapse Victims

In a heartfelt response to the tragic mine pit collapse in Galadima Kogo, Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State, Dr. Dele Alake, Nigeria’s Minister of Solid Minerals Development, has conveyed President Tinubu’s condolences and support during a visit to the area.

The event, which led to casualties and injuries, prompted a commitment from the Federal government to enforce more stringent insurance policies for mine workers across Nigeria, aiming to enhance safety measures within the sector.

In the message shared by Segun Tomori, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Dr. Alake expressed profound sorrow over the incident: “On behalf of Mr. President, our hearts go out to the bereaved families, the injured, and the Niger State community at large. While acknowledging the heavy rainfall as a contributing factor, our focus on ensuring safety and adherence to environmental guidelines in mining operations remains unwavering.”

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Dr. Alake commended the swift action of the state government and federal agencies in launching emergency rescue efforts and emphasized the necessity of sustaining such swift responses to prevent future tragedies.

The enforcement of nation-wide insurance coverage for miners signals a pivotal move towards safeguarding the welfare of workers and their families against unforeseen accidents. Additionally, the call for more responsible mining practices underlined the urgency of integrating environmental and community safety into mining operations.

“Adapting to natural calamities through preventive measures, including the installation of structural supports in mines, is paramount,” Dr. Alake further stated, indicating a shift towards more resilient mining practices.

Governor Umar Bago appreciated President Tinubu’s compassionate outreach and highlighted the critical role of collaborative governance in upholding mining safety standards. He reiterated the potential of Niger State as a cornerstone for the development of Nigeria’s mining industry, urging the federal government to capitalize on its rich mineral resources.

Further solidifying the federal government’s support, Governor Bago, accompanied by the minister, visited the IBB Specialist Hospital to offer well-wishes to the victims. In a significant gesture, a N50 million donation from President Tinubu was announced to aid the recovery of the affected individuals and assist their families during this challenging time.

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