Mining Principal Secretary John Omenge has said that the government through the mining ministry is set to implement the Mining Act in a bid to enable the people in the Counties to benefit from the mineral resources. Speaking in Nandi, PS Omenge revealed that the government has had discussions pertaining to the mining sector and efforts are focused on ensuring it’s properly developed.
He said his visit to Nandi was propelled by the need to share with the County government the contents of the Mining Act, which if implemented, will help Kenyans to benefit from the resources in their respective Counties.
As a Ministry, they’ve developed community development agreement committees that will enable the County and the local communities draw one percent of the revenue from the resources that are being developed in Nandi.
Moreover, the leaders discussed the importance of developing community development agreements for areas where large scale mining operations are done for example the Karebe goldmine in Chemase area, Nandi.
The PS also said there should be good working relationships with the County governments countrywide to ensure any concerns raised, even concerning mining industries and companies, are addressed accordingly, adding that the workers’ rights should also be observed.