Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle has disclosed that foreigners are purchasing gold and different valuable mineral resources with arms in Zamfara state which he governs.
The Zamfara State Governor who uncovered this while presenting some gold bars and different precious stones mined in his State to President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration chose to embrace the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative to stop the criminal acts being supported by unlawful excavators in the state.
“It’s imperative to us as a government, especially, the issue of insecurity, to know the main driver of insecurity. to know the root cause of insecurity. Zamfara state is blessed with many mineral resources and some people outside the country come in to buy gold and other precious stones and sometimes instead of paying people, they pay back with arms. I did some investigations. So, the state government will be buying some of these minerals so that we can block that chain. So, now the state government is engaging the miners. We’ll be buying some of this gold from them with the limited resources we have. “
Remarking on the security circumstance in his state, Matawalle contradicted the call for sack of the service chiefs who as indicated by him need the support of Nigerians.
“The narration has changed. You won’t be hearing of mass killings in the state because the security agencies are doing their best. I equally advised the president that those that are calling for the sack of the service chiefs is not the solution. Let’s support the security, we as the governors, we have a big role to play. We just have to support the security agencies.
“If the governors are not serious, they can’t be able to achieve what they want. I advised the president that all those calling for the sack of the security chiefs, they should think of the best way to support them to perform better instead of sacking them, even if you sack them, you’re bringing another one. So, let us use the one that we have. We’ll support them as a government.
“My state presently finds a sense of contentment and everyone knows. We’ve more than 3000 police officers going around the mining locales so as to secure the mining site. We have the security. It’s only for us as pioneers to help them. I accept we’ll see a ton of changes as far as security in this nation.”