Nigerian miners urge FG to test Chinese language mining of Lithium in Nigeria
Written by Broad Admin on September 1, 2022
The Miners Affiliation of Nigeria has known as on the Nigerian Authorities to test the actions of Chinese language miners “scavenging” for Lithium.
This was disclosed by Mr Dele Ayanleke, the Nationwide Secretary of the affiliation in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
Lithium is a mineral utilized in making batteries and has witnessed a value rally over the previous few years attributable to rising digital automobile demand which wants lithium to make its most costly parts- the automotive batteries.
Ayankele revealed that the speed at which the Chinese language had invaded mining websites trying to find lithium minerals was alarming, highlighting that lithium is without doubt one of the important supplies for producing batteries utilized in powering electrical automobiles and the entire world is clamouring to go Inexperienced leaving fossil gas behind.
“Chinese language are transferring from one mining website to the opposite, scavenging and mopping our uncooked lithium mineral at an inexpensive price to develop their industries and financial system.
“This isn’t good for the way forward for our financial system; what this implies is that Nigeria will find yourself shopping for electrical batteries from them.
“The Authorities ought to safeguard our lithium and revive all of the moribund corporations producing batteries in Nigeria to start out utilizing the lithium to provide electrical batteries,” he stated.
He additionally urged the FG to withdraw 100% possession of minerals mined by overseas miners working in Nigeria, stating that permitting the Chinese language have 100% mining belongings is just not ok for the indigenous mining traders.
”Permitting the Chinese language to enter into each mining website is without doubt one of the causes kidnapping is on the rise in Nigeria as a result of they’re the main goal for kidnappers,” Ayanleke added.