Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Dansuki Commiserates With Families Of Victims Of The Illegal Mining Tragedy In Umai, Biase LGA

The people of the Umai community in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State counted their losses as six young men were buried alive in an illegal gold mining site penultimate week shortly after the 2022 New Year celebration. 

This medium through our correspondent spoke with the lawmaker representing Akamkpa/Biase in the Green Chambers of the National Assembly, and a gubernatorial hopeful of the PDP, Rt. Hon. (Ntufam) Daniel Asuquo popularly called Dansuki about the development.

The lawmaker described the situation as unfortunate. Despite its illegality, the loss of the human person to death cannot be a joyous thing let alone the loss of six vibrant and energetic young people. We cannot in honesty say that society provided the basic necessity or the enabling environment for these young men. If not, why will they risk their lives on such a venture?

It's sad news and I share in this sadness because we all have the opportunity to make a positive difference but we are sometimes hampered by the rules of engagements, and we struggle so hard to effect the changes that hardly come by.

I must commend the Chairman of Biase LGA, Hon. (Mrs). Ada Charles Egwu for her proactiveness of sealing the site and setting up the panel to investigate the remote cause of the calamity. There is no better time to do this than now. We know that the desire to make ends meet is inherent in every Nigerian, but our safety must be the ultimate thing before any other, hence the action of the Chairman is a step in the right direction.

However, we sometimes see a bad situation brings about good. I see this as an opportunity created for the state to take advantage of considering our ever-depleted revenue allocation from the federation. We could plead for a just course before the Federal Government to tap from some of the things in their exclusive list before we go bankrupt as a state. 

To this end, we can convert this sad situation to joy not because the action was right but to reflect our humanity. You will agree that the situation in the state nay our country now creates a sense of urgency in the minds of people, and if Government does not step up and take responsibility as evident in all the opportunities before us, people will continue to abuse them through illegalities presumed to be legal. It has happened in Umai Community, Biase LGA today, we don't know where next, and we don't know what has been happening elsewhere, but it is best to step into the situation now. However, on behalf of my family, the other constituents I represent, I pray that God in His infinite mercies grants them eternal rest, while we also pray to God to comfort the families of these victims of the unfortunate situation, he concluded.

According to a reliable source who did not want his name in print, he corroborated the position of the MP, that youth within Biase LGA usually explore possible sites for exploration and mining of precious stones and other minerals, a tradition that has been ongoing over some time without hitches. No one has ever stopped us or questioned our activities. We have patronage all over the country depending on the type of stone or mineral we extract, he concluded.