Abuja, Nigeria — 07 September 2012 – An estimated 400 children have died from the inhalation of lead poison in six communities in the Nigerian state of Zamfara, allegedly as a result of improper mining practices.

Hamzat Bala Lawal, the national coordinator of the Nigerian chapter of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) revealed this here in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports allAfrica.com, citing the publication “Leadership.”

Lawal, who is also the advisor of the Nigerian Youth Climate Action Network (NYCAN), told NAN that the root cause of the lead poisoning crisis was unsafe mining and ore processing.

He emphasised the need to provide access to facilities and programmes for people engaged in mining and ore processing, to enable them to mine and process ore in safety without exposing themselves or others to toxic lead.

Lawal said that his organisation had been are advocating for the Federal Government to release US$5.4 million to help fund the elimination of the contaminant. According to him, the process of eliminating the poison from the communities would take three to six months.

“Over 1,000 people have died from this poison in these six communities as a result of mining activities,” he added. Caption, Pic 1: Smiling Nigerian children “’ unlike the unlucky 400 that died from inhalation of lead poison in the state of Zamfara.

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