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Forestry And Mining Protection of Nigeria: Provides an adequate environment for the Mining business

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Forestry And Mining Protection of Nigeria: Provides an adequate environment for the Mining business

By Sadiya Ibrahim

As Nigeria faces different challenges ranging from illegal mining, and attacks of mining staff across the country in the face of insecurity, there’s an urgent need to embrace a solution to factors militating against the success of mining and forestry in the country.

Over the years, the mining industry despite its potential has failed to help the country navigate through economic diversification because of the myriad of challenges bewildering the sector.

According to research, the mining sector is facing a series of challenges which need urgent fixes to maximize its Potential.

The challenges include Environmental and climate change pressures, trade wars and geopolitics, changing and uncertain demand, technology changes, and a global maintenance skills shortage.

Addressing these challenges is a priority for the long-term sustainability of mining.

Also, the forest industry is a particularly important contributor to national economies. It provides a wide variety of products, including building materials, food, fuel, medicines, and raw materials for further processing.

Forests also help support agriculture by reducing wind speed, thus protecting crops and water sources. Trees also help stabilise soil conditions and regulate water flow, not to mention provide shelter for natural pollinators and predators of agricultural pests. Ultimately, all of these result in enhanced yields.

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Despite its economic impact, the sector is underperforming due to various challenges which include a shortage of talent, expensive construction of logging roads, space constraints, variation of tree species, deforestation, climate change, and location challenges amongst others.

To stem these trends and maximize the potential of the two industries, FORESTRY AND MINING PROTECTION OF NIGERIA has made a resilient move in overcoming all challenges and building human capacity for economic growth.

The Nigerian Uniform Organization has been duly registered and approved on the 31st day of May 2021 as Limited by Guarantee with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

The organization has also received approval from the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment and other relevant agencies of government with the responsibility to protect the Mining Sector and to also mediate intending Mining conflicts between the Host Communities and the Mining Companies in Nigeria.

As insecurity bites hard on all sectors of the economy including the mining industry, the organization moved to protect both investors and workers for a common goal.

The organization established a professional security corp in all Mining Host Communities to promote Peace, Tranquillity and Economic growth in the country.

This organization has embarked on a series of sensitization and education of citizens of all ages on the dangers of illegal mining on the health of citizens.

They also educate and train youths on how to be vigilant and assist security agencies by reporting illegal mining activities in their areas and also empower them through employment creation.

To put an end to the fight between host communities and investors, the organization is educating communities and citizens on the need for peaceful resolution of mining-related disputes and encouraging miners to promote the provision of corporate social responsibilities in areas of
Portable Water, Health Facilities, And Educational Institutions Amongst Others.

The organization also Promotes Safe And Decent Forest Practices By Educating Host Communities On The Benefits Of Decent And Proper Forest Uses In The Overall Safety Of The Communities.

FORESTRY AND MINING PROTECTION OF NIGERIA not only care about society but also embraces good worker welfare in line with international practices.

Its worker remuneration is one of the best across the country as it provides a conducive and state-of-the-art environment for workers’ daily activities.

Below is the salary structure:

SALARY STRUCTURE AND RANKS OF FORESTRY AND MINING PROTECTION IN NIGERIA
A. RANK AND FILE MONTHLY SALARY AND ANNUAL SALARY

  1. Constable ₦40,383 ₦490,056
  2. Corporal ₦49,213 ₦590,556
  3. Sergeant ₦53,233 ₦638,796
  4. Staff Sergeant ₦61,547 ₦738,564

B. INSPECTORATE

  1. Inspector I ₦65,204 ₦782,448
  2. Inspector II ₦70,132 ₦841,584
  3. Chief Inspector ₦79,531 ₦954,372

C. SUPERINTENDENCY

  1. Assistant Superintendent II ₦115,481 ₦1,385,772
  2. Assistant Superintendent I ₦126,020 ₦1,512,240
  3. Deputy Superintendent ₦139,921 ₦1,679,052
  4. Superintendent ₦150,982 ₦1,811,784
  5. Chief Superintendent ₦168,990 ₦2,027,880
  6. Deputy Commandant ₦222,653 ₦2,671,836
  7. Commandant ₦295,992 ₦3,047,904

E. COMMANDANT GENERAL

  1. Assistant Commandant General ₦430,538 ₦5,166,456
  2. Deputy Commandant General ₦504,272 ₦6,051,264
  3. Commandant General ₦670,924 ₦8,051,088

Putting everything in place the organization has provided a haven environment for the mining business and also prioritised residents’ welfare to build the economy of the country.

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The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), says the private sector remains committed to the N57,000 earlier proposed at the Tripartite Committee meeting on National Minimum Wage.

NECA’s Director-General, Mr Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, in a statement on Sunday, said the amount represented 90 per cent increase in the national minimum wage.

Oyerinde said that this was notwithstanding ongoing challenges, made worst by rising interest rates, astronomical logistics cost, increasing energy tariff and multiple taxes, levies and fees.

“With organised businesses declaring over one trillion naira in combined losses and many shutting down their businesses for different reasons, while others are relocating to other climes, the ability to pay the prevailing N30,000 was already compromised.

“It will be practically impossible to guarantee enterprise sustainability and job security with the current demands of organised labour,’’ he said.

The director-general, however, said that NECA would continue to support the welfare of workers and the protection of their jobs, which could only be guaranteed by the survival of the enterprise.

Following negotiations on the national minimum wage, he urged the tripartite committee to prioritise job creation and job security.

Oyerinde said that the call was in view of the worrisome and increasing rate of unemployment in the country.

According to him, the committee should refocus its effort on protecting jobs, boost the capacity of the private sector to create more jobs and ensure sustainability and ability to pay.

He said that productivity should be a key driver of higher wages.

“According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the combined rate of unemployment and time-related underemployment as a share of the labour force population (LU2) increased to 17.3 per cent in Q3 2023 from 15.5 per cent in Q2 2023.

“In specific terms, the unemployment rate increased significantly in Q3 2023 at 5.0 per cent.

“With these figures, more efforts should be concentrated on keeping more people in employment, while government continues to implement its planned interventions in transportation, food security and general macro-economic stability,” Oyerinde said.

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Reps seek free medicare for pregnant women

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to mandate public healthcare institutions to provide free medical treatment for pregnant women during and after delivery.

The call was sequel to the adoption of a motion by Rep. Mohammed Shehu (PDP-Bauchi) at plenary on Wednesday.

They also urged the ministry to implement routine checks to ensure continuity, compliance by medical personnel, and sustainability of childbirth processes.

Moving the motion, Shehu said that the government established public healthcare institutions to provide medical services to humanity.

He added that drugs were supplied to the institutions and equipped with modern medical facilities and charged with the responsibility of handling healthcare-related matters.

Shehu said though healthcare services were not restricted to pregnant women, efforts to encourage free treatment for expectant mothers have not been fully realised.

He said that giving the fertility statistics in the country, there was need for free medical treatment for pregnant women to boost the country’s fertility rate.

“Nigeria is grappling with high disease rates, resulting in an annual maternal mortality rate of expectant mothers and children due to pregnancy complications and the polio virus.

“Further aware that government requires public healthcare institutions to have medical professionals, give adequate attention to patients, including pregnant women, during childbirth to address complications and find permanent solutions.

“There is a need for the government to prioritise policy actions aimed at improving healthcare delivery systems, particularly for pregnant women, to alleviate their hardships and boost their confidence,” he said.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Benjamin Kalu mandated the Committee on Healthcare Services and Healthcare Institutions to liaise with the Minister of Health and Social Welfare to ensure compliance.

The committee is to report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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FAAN begins sale of e-tags at airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ,(FAAN) on Friday began the sale of 2024 e-tags that would permit entry into the 24 Federal Airports in Nigeria.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, FAAN said that the sale of the tags aligned with a presidential directive approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) .

According to it, the meeting mandated that all the users of federal airports across the country ought to pay charges at the gates.

Mr Francis Ajaguna, Head of Public Affairs, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), told NAN that many people came to the airport and bought the tags.

”FAAN’s Commercial Department confirms that it has started issuing the e-tags and people are buying them,” he said.

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