Nigerian government acquires equipment to checkmate earthquake

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

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Following the recent earth tremors that occurred in Abuja and some other cities, the federal government said it has acquired and installed high sensitivity seismometers and tilet meters for monitoring and detecting earth movements and earthquake in parts of the country.

Tremors occur during the shaking or slight violent movement of the earth preceding an earthquake.

As part of measures to address the country’s geological security, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Bawa Bwari Abubakar confirmed that the earth movement monitoring device was acquired and installed at the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) premises, Gwagwalada, Bwari areas of the FCT, and Kaduna.

The Minister made the confirmation when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy to defend the 2019 budget of his ministry.

This device acquisition, according to the minister, was accelerated in response to the recent persistent earth tremors experienced in the country most especially around Abuja, the country’s FCT. He said that the proactive measure became necessary in order to predict, detect and monitor earth movement and earthquake related activities.

Mr. Abubakar listed insufficient and untimely release of funds, direct intervention by states in the management of mineral resources, multiple taxation by states and local governments and inadequate geological data, as some of the challenges facing the mining sector.

The minister also lamented limited supporting infrastructure, insecurity of mine fields especially in Zamfara, Kaduna, Plateau and North East, as well as illegal mining and community challenges.

He noted that there was no doubt that the mining sector could do better if leakages were blocked.

Earlier, the committee Chairman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe asked the minister to furnish the committee with detailed breakdown of the budge, noting that he committee believed that the revenue capacity of the sector should be raised for the country to benefit.

It also said that steps should be taken to position the sector to take its pride of place in the scheme of things in the country. The ministry proposed =N=20,480,057,749 as its budget estimate for 2019 fiscal year.

Out of the amount, =N=8,559,365,940 is for personnel cost, =N=1,726,419,857 is for overhead while =N=10,194,271,952 is for capital project.