FG sets to revive coal mining in Enugu

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The Federal Government said it is determined to address the challenges hinder the full operation of coal mining in Enugu state for economic development.

The Minister of State, Mines and steel Development, Uchechukwu Ogah, disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu state after his meeting with the Government, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi at the Government House.

The minister also disclosed the readiness of the federal government to revive the coal mines in Enugu State to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the country as well as the state.

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Ogah, who was in the state with a delegation from the ministry, stated that they were in Enugu on a fact-finding mission with regard to “what is already on ground, what the Federal Government has done and what we can do to revive the coal mines in Enugu State so that they can help grow the economy and generate jobs.”

The minister disclosed that the step was in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to pull “over one million people out of poverty”, stressing that “we believe that mining sector is one of the key areas that can be used to do that.”

Commending Ugwuanyi for his administration’s steadfastness and collaboration with the Federal Government towards the resuscitation of coal mines in the state, Ogah pointed out that “Enugu State stands in a right pedestal to be one of the key states that will be used for this purpose.”

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