Wednesday, 6 May 2020

State Assembly Passes Bill For Imposition Of Mining, Milling And Quarrying Fees

By Itam Offor | 6th May 2020

The Cross River State House of Assembly has passed a Bill for a law to make provision for the imposition of mining, milling and quarrying fees in the State.

The bill which was sponsored by Rt. Hon. Hilary Bisong representing Boki 2, had earlier passed through the first and second  readings before it was committed to the joint Committee on Petroleum and Solid Minerals and Finance and Appropriation.

Presenting the joint Committee's  report, Bisong informed that the Committee interfaced with relevant Stakeholders and MDAs including Civil Society Organisations and considered  their inputs to arrive at their recommendations.

The Lawmaker also noted that although the Nation's Constitution places Mines and Minerals in the Exclusive Legislative List,  the Federal Government has however made provisions for States to share in proceeds from the mineral sub- sector through the Taxes and Levies act of 1998.

He reiterated that mining, milling and quarrying activities have been massively going on  across the State adding that the Bill seeks to streamline these activities and impose  Fees, Levies and charges principally to mitigate the ecological impact and environmental segregation.

The Lawmakers who made contributions on the Bill at the Committee of the whole, observed that; "the Bill is a veritable source of revenue for the State while hoping that; it will assist Government in regulating the solid Mineral Sector which has  been open to illegality and fraund". 

 The bill was subsequently passed in a motion  moved by Rt Hon. Fred Osim ( Ikom 1) and seconded by Hon. Francis Bassey Asuquo (Odukpani) after which the Speaker, Rt Hon Williams directed the Clerk of the House, Barr Bassey Ekpenyong to forward Clean copies to the State Governor for his assent.