The federal government has officially launched revised mining guidelines for the production of Community Development Agreements (CDAs) in the solid minerals sector.
Dr. Dele Alake, the Minister of Solid Mineral Development, led the launch during an event organized by the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy, and Development (Centre LSD), Ministry of Solid Mineral Development, and the Ford Foundation in Abuja on Friday.
The Minister emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring that host communities receive maximum benefits from mining operations and activities, contributing to both local and national economic development.
Dr. Alake explained that the CDA is a legal provision that guarantees the transfer of socio-economic benefits to mining host communities. It serves as a binding document that outlines the obligations of the Mineral Title Holder (MTH) towards the host community and vice versa.
“The mining of mineral resources has significant impacts on host communities, highlighting the need for the involvement of concerned communities in the sector’s activities,” stated the Minister.
The launch of the revised mining guidelines reflects the government’s dedication to fostering inclusive and responsible mining practices, ensuring that the benefits of mining extend to the communities directly affected by these operations.