By Kehinde Olatunji | The Guardian – Nigeria
As Nigeria focuses more on the Solid Minerals sector for economic growth and diversification, the need to ensure that all protocols guiding the exploitation of the natural resources are observed is paramount.
Experts warned that pursuing economic growth through the minerals sector without paying adequate attention to the environment is most likely to become unsustainable.
Studies indicate that mining is one of the most perilous occupations in the world in terms of injuries and fatalities and the long-term health effects associated with it.
An Associate Professor, Nazil Hossain, and a Research Scientist Epidemiologist, Elizabeth Westerlund Triche, in a joint study, linked failed pregnancy in mining communities to exposure to heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
Against this backdrop, bitumen host communities in Irele Local Government of Ondo State, have kicked against the exploitation of the natural resources found in their domain by South-West Bitumen Nigeria Limited (SBNL)…Full Story