The Governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle has presented some precious minerals mined from his state to the president, Muhammed Buhari.
The assortment of minerals included solid gold bars, precious stones, and other minerals were presented to the president in Aso rock villa.
The visit is connected with the recent task of the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI) which was mandated to boost artisanal gold mining in the state.
The first batch of gold from the PAGMI program was presented to the president in July this year and is hoped to be part of the country’s external reserve once it is approved and bought over by the CBN.
The quest for precious minerals has led to the discovery of large quantities of gold in Zamfara, Kebbi, Niger, Kaduna, Osun, Kwara, and the FCT.
Recall the state has been recently embroiled in a series of massive killings and internal wars with bandits as a result of mining.
Zamfara, a state in Nigeria is blessed with a large amount of gold reserves and mining is a major occupation by natives in the region.
The mining sites, however, is close to the terrain used by the bandits and cattle rustlers.
The main issue affecting the mining in the state is the fact that the bandits, in a bid to further purchase arms and weapons to continue unleashing the threats on the citizens, have tried several times, to take control of the
This is in a bid to take over the sales and proliferation of these precious metals so they can have the funds to keep purchasing their weapons.
In a bid to stop the hostilities, the Nigerian government, April last year, placed a ban on mining activities in the state.
This move helped curb the killings and also, an agreement was reached to disarm the bandits and forge a peaceful co-existence between the residents and bandits.