Akwa Ibom Gov

A/Ibom Govt Shuts Down Chinese Firm Engaged In Illegal Mining

The government of Akwa Ibom State has gotten tougher on illegal businesses, which led to a Chinese company being shut down.

Chief Uno Etim Uno, who is the commissioner for the environment and mineral resources and was in charge of the combined monitoring team and internal security task force, said that the exercise was in line with what the ministries of the environment and internal security were supposed to do.

Uno and Brigadier General Koko Essien (rtd), who was in charge of the Ministry of Internal Security, went on an unplanned inspection tour of a Chinese mining company in Esuk Ikim Akeme village, Ibeno LGA. The company was the Ruitai Mining Company.

The chairman of the Ibeno local government area, High Chief Williams Mkpa, allegedly led the joint ministerial inspection team on a tour of the mining sites after they had arrived in the Ibeno community.

Chief Uno talked about their results, which led to the company being shut down. He said, “The team found black clay-like minerals in 50-kilogram bags. The miners said it was titanium ore.”

“The managing director and head of the company, Zeng Zhonghuan and Huang Ying, were not at the site when a close look was done. Security was tight. The staff members who were available could not provide any information or papers.

At the end of the tour, the commissioner said that several strange things were found about how the company worked. He also said that the Ruitai Mining Company was only an exploration business.

“The board of directors of the Ruitai mining company is made up of only Chinese people, so it is not qualified to get the small-scale mining license as claimed.

An environmental impact assessment (EIA) has not been done on the company’s mining activities. “Among other things, the company has not turned in the Environmental Management Plan (EMP),” he added.

So he told Ruitai Digging Company to stop mining right away until the state government gave it the OK.

He said, “The company should go to the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources with all the papers that give them permission to do their work, as well as the exact coordinates of the area where they are allowed to mine.”

“All security workers should be removed from the mining site, and SP Victor Ezekwu, the DPO of Ibeno LGA, should carry out the order to make sure it is strictly followed.”