By Sarauniya G Usman
A non governmental Organisation, Global Rights,Advocates For Sustainable Justice,has appealed to the federal government to revisit it’s coal mining policy in order to ensure the safety of the environment.
The appeal was made at a two day Media Training and report dissemination on the environmental, social, health and economic impacts of coal mining and coal power generation on Maiganga, Community of Gombe state,Organised by Global Rights,Advocates For Sustainable Justice in Abuja yesterday.
The Convener and Country Director,Global Rights, Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru,who spoke about the consequences of coal mining activities on host communities,said the program was organised to dialogue with stakeholders on how to addressed the negative impact of coal mining activities in Nigeria, with focus on maiganga and Okobo communities.
According to Baiyewu-Teru, these activities are carried out by mining companies using sophisticated equipment which could alter the natural state on the environment, due to the application of chemicals.
She said, it was against this backdrop that the people of maganga community called on the government to rescue them from the activities of mining companies in the state.
The residents maiganga community in Gombe State who channel their plight through global Rights, said the negative effects of coal mining on their land, environment and people is affecting their livelihood.
According to the village Head,Mallam kilang Mena said, about nine people and several animals have died as a result of contamination of their water source.
Also speaking on behalf of the women, Miss Beta Useni, explained that the mining companies which have been operating since 2008 in that community have indeed caused so much mishap on their farm produce,the women and children.
On her part the representative of Power For All, Mrs Ifeoma Malo, emphasised the need for government to start harnessing the available opportunities in decentralising renewable energy in the country to boost power generation in the country.
Mrs Malo,maintained that renewables energy has the potentials to address issues of climate change, while also promoting socio-economic
development of Nigeria.