State Government Bans Mining, Borrow-piting in Owerri. The decision was taken at the weekly Executive Council meeting presided over by the Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Owerri.
Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba flanked by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Lambert Orisakwe, Commissioner for Livestock Development, Mrs Obiageri Ajoku and Chief Press Secretary/Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Oguwike Nwachuku informed that henceforth, illegal mining and borrow-pitting in Owerri Municipal has been banned and now an offence to indulge in such act.
He also said that the council noted with dismay the activities of criminals on some moribund Government owned industries such as Avutu Poultry Farm, Nsu Ceramic Tiles and many others that have been vandalized by criminals who carted away valuable government properties and equipment. Council regretted that the most worrisome aspect of it is that the criminals do so in collaboration with some people within the community and others who are supposed to protect such properties.
He, therefore, warned that Government is taking the matter seriously and plans to resuscitate such industries and bring them back to life, hence has decided that “anybody caught in the act must surely be dealt with very decisively.” Emelumba said such persons will not only be prosecuted, “but government will also make sure such individuals face the full weight of the law and pay the penalty of the criminal act.”
The Commissioner emphasized that government has embarked on investigation of those who have already succeeded in vandalizing and carting away some of the properties and that those found culpable will be fished out and prosecuted accordingly. These measures, he said, are specifically meant to serve as deterrent to people that will contemplate carrying out such activities in future.