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Nasarawa communities deny giving mining consent to Timadex  

Amba and Agaza communities of Kokona local government area of Nasarawa state Thursday said they had no knowledge of any mining consent given to Timadex Geomin Consult Limited for mining activities in the area.

Hon. Adamu Agye, overseer Agwada Development Area, alongside traditional and communities leaders of the area made this known at a press conference titled: “Re-Indigenous Miners Cry Foul in Nasarawa, Accuse Government of Interference,” in Garaku, Kokona LGA. 

The overseer said Amba and Agaza have given consent to Black Stones New Energy limited and Black Gem New Energy Limited to carry out mining activities in the area.

“For the purpose of history and clarity and to keep the record straight, the minerals in question (Lithium) was discovered in Kware (Amba) and Agaza (Igwo) communities respectively. “It is not in doubt that the two communities involved, i e Amba and Agaza have given consent to Black Stones New Energy Limited and Black Gem New Energy Limited to carry out mining activities on our land.

“This was done after careful assessment of these companies and proven to have knowledge and capacity to establish both production and processing factories in the two communities. 

“The two communities have no knowledge of any consent given to Timadex Geomin Consult Limited either by the village head, district head or the paramount rulers of both Amba and Agwada chiefdoms.

“We view the action of the governor of Nasarawa state, to ensure well-coordinated and productive mining activities devoid of insecurity and threat to lives of the people of our communities as good intention.

“It is on this note that upon discovery of the presence of some illegal miners, we quickly solicited for the intervention of the state government which the governor obliged by providing security to prevent and safeguard the influx of illegal miners/the mining site.

“Therefore, as the people from these communities, where this discovery was made, we make bold to say that we are fully in support of the Nasarawa state government on whatever decision it may think best for the development and progress of our communities.

“We therefore, want to draw the attention of Timadex Geomin Consult that the communities, i. e. that Amba and Agwada are fully behind the Chinese companies (Black Stones New Energy limited and Black Gem New Energy Limited).

“Contrary to what they claimed that the native are crying foul and  that their land is being sold without their consent, may we state categorically that we are aware of the state government’s commitment to ensure proper management and coordination of mining activities in the two communities and Nasarawa state at large,” he stated.

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