The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has described the publication of the BUA Group cement as an unwarranted campaign of calumny against it and the office of the Minister.
Alhaji Mohammed Abass, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said, in a statement, on Tuesday, in Abuja, that the publication by the company to blackmail the ministry into granting a free pass for illegal operations, was unwarranted.
He alleged that a top official of the group signed a publication that was published in several newspapers as an open letter to the president. He said the titled of the publication was “A cry for help: Wanton Abuse of Power By a Serving Minister Geared at Sabotaging Operations of BUA Cement”.
He said that, while the ministry did not intend to join issues with the company, which had an enviable history of industrial performance, the ministry deemed it appropriate to enlighten members of the public on the company.
Abbas said in the records of the ministry and the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), the BUA Group, did not have a mining lease over the contentious site No. 2541ML; therefore, its mining activities there were illegal.