Miners lament cumbersome registration process, multiple taxation in Bauchi

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Muhammed

By Ahmed Ahmed

 Stakeholders in the mining and minerals sector in Bauchi State have expressed concern over cumbersome registration and multiple taxation for miners.

Our correspondent reported that the stakeholders include Miners Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Miners, Nigerian Shippers Council, state government officials among others.

The stakeholders expressed the concern at a one-day enlightenment clinic organised by Nigerian Shippers Council, North East Zonal office, Bauchi, to sensitise miners association on process and procedures of export on Friday in Bauchi.

Alhaji Bello Galloji, the state chairman of Miners Association of Nigeria, said that the cumbersome process of registration and multiple taxation affect local mining process.

“The local miners have this fear of exploration because of the heavy and tedious process of registration and multiple taxation by the state, local government, federal and traditional leaders.

“Nigeria is losing lots of resources from untapped mineral deposits as well as from the little that is being mined mostly by illegal miners who smuggle the products out of the country.

Galloji explained that Bauchi State was richly endowed in the North with over 30 mineral resources such as metal ores, non-metallic ores and gemstones.

“Other untapped mineral resources in Bauchi include kaolin, talc, tin, quartz, iron ore, gypsum, zircon, calcite, tantalite, chalcopyrite, mica, copper ore, limestone, tourmaline, among others,” he said.

The chairman advocated for a favourable fiscal environment that would aid exploration and investment in the sector for improved contribution to the economy.

On his part, Alhaji Abubakar Bashir, the director, North East Zone of Nigeria Shippers Council, said that the aim of the enlightenment clinic was to sensitise miners on the need for importation and exportation of goods.

He explained that the council was responsible for protecting exporters and importers in Nigeria as well as its goods.

“The council also focuses on importing and exporting of cargo with regards to port-to-port shipment through the chain of transportation.

In a remark, Alhaji Nurudeen Hamid, the state Commissioner for Natural Resources, represented Mr Benjamin Jacobson, Director Admin in the Ministry, assured the stakeholders in the mineral resources development sector of the government’s commitment.

 

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