How Nigeria is losing billions to weak regulation of mining sector

The Odonigi community in Moro local government area of Kwara State is blessed with large quantities of gold deposits over the years. However, illegal miners hold sway — five were arrested in 2017 with seven bags of gold.

For a gold-rich community, however, basic amenities like schools and health care facilities, are luxuries. The only school in this community was locked, during a recent visit by this reporter, leaving the children to travel about seven kilometres to Alapa, which is located in another local government, to get basic education.

This is also the case with healthcare and other basic necessities of life.

For such a community, one would expect that the resources gotten from…

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