FG launches production of CDAs in solid minerals

The revised mining guidelines for the production of the Community Development Agreements (CDAs) in the solid minerals sector has been launched by the federal government.

Dr Dele Alake, the Minister of Solid Mineral Development, led the launch on Friday in Abuja at an event organised by the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), Ministry of Solid Mineral Development and the Ford Foundation.

The Minister explained that the federal government was committed to ensuring that host communities derived maximum benefits from mining operations and activities for local and national economic development.

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The CDA, according to him, is a statutory provision that ensures the transfer of socio-economic benefits to mining host communities, adding that it is a legal document that contains obligations by the Mineral Title Holder (MTH) to her host community and vice versa.

According to the Minister, “The mining of mineral resources had significant impacts on host communities, thus the imperative of concerned communities to be carried along in the activities of the sector.”

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