By Sani Ibrahim Maitaya

Zamfara state Government reaffirmed its committed to maximizing the state’s potentials in mining, through inviting investors into the sector and promoting safer mining practices among the artisans.

Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Alh. Kabiru Balarabe stated this in Gusau while declaring open, a three-day workshop to develop an action plan for the control and prevention of lead poisoning associated with gold mining and mineral processing in the state.

He said lead poisoning was discovered by medicines sans frontiers during routine immunization exercises in some villages around mining sites in the western part of the state in 2010.

The SSG who was represented by the permanent secretary cabinet affairs, Lawal Husaini said, it was reported to be one of its kind in human history, where at least seven hundred children died of the disaster.

“Taking into account the multiple health issues associated with lead poisoning not only on children but also to the adults” he said.

He added that the workshop will complement the series of other efforts by both government and groups like medians sans frontiers in creating awareness on the significance of safer mining practices and dangers of lead poisoning, which is often linked to artisanal miners.