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Nigeria, better known for its rich deposit of hydrocarbons is also endowed with some of the planet's
finest minerals. When effectively harnessed, mining can potentially provide the economic backing
Nigeria needs for development, improve infrastructure, create employment and importantly –
improve the standard of living in mining host communities.
Mineral extraction however, comes at a cost to the environment, community health, and with social
consequences most of which are borne by mining host communities. At the core of planning and
implementation in the mining sector therefore, there must be a deliberate attention to the protection
of the rights of mining host communities. Failure to ensure their protection often results in disasters,
a classic example was the Zamfara lead poisoning disaster.

Assessing Community Rights Report