Sequel to the alarm raised by the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Mohammed Kabir Danbaba over the outbreak of lead poisoning in his domain ,the Zamfara state government yesterday banned the processing of gold ore in Gusau and other parts of the state.
The Emir on Wednesday raised alarm that four villages in Gusau local government area have been hit by a resurgence of lead poisoning leading to the death of at least two children. He said medics have confirmed the outbreak of lead poisoning in the state capital and neighbouring areas.
The Special Adviser to the state governor on Environmental Sanitation Agency, Alhaji Marwan Abdulkarim Mafara who announced the banning of gold ore processing in an interview, said the state government would prosecute anybody found violating the directive.
He listed areas where gold ore are being processed in Gusau to include Samaru, Polo, Dan Maikyau, Gadar Bager, and Tsunami.
“The state government is ready to prosecute anybody found wanting. Government will continue to fight against this deadly business. Officials and experts from the state environmental sanitation agency would visit all the areas to ensure compliance,” he added.
However the state commissioner of Information, Ibrahim Birnin Magaji said reports of medical officials of the state ministry of Health and those of the Gusau local government area have shown that there was no outbreak of lead poisoning as claimed by the emir.
“It is not true that there was outbreak of lead poisoning because medical team drafted to the villages said to be affected, told us that there was nothing like that,” he said.