In Niger, civil society organizations in Arlit, a northern mining city, despatched a letter to President Mohamed Bazoum on Sunday. They categorical concern concerning the circumstances for the closure of the Akouta uranium mine, which is owned by Cominak, a subsidiary of the French large Orano. On March 31, Cominak stopped manufacturing.
First concern, Cominak’s staff. The mine gave life to town of Arlit. Al-Moustapha Alhaçan is the coordinator of civil society organizations. “Arlit is in mourning. 600 individuals work for Cominak. They may take pleasure in a termination bonus that varies between 20 and 60 million [de francs CFA]. You have got 800 subcontractors who’ve labored for twenty years and who will go away like that, with out something. “
Then comes the environmental subject. In keeping with Orano, the twenty million cubic meters of poisonous waste from the positioning will likely be buried with a know-how that has been confirmed in a number of nations similar to France, Canada, Germany or Gabon. However Rahmar Ilatoufegh, from the civil society coordination of Arlit, doubts: “They may bury them after which put a layer of clay on the landfill. They are saying the trials are essential. We imagine that it doesn’t stand the take a look at of time. As well as, all of the plant’s dismantling supplies will likely be buried in the identical waste dump. What would cease our kids from digging up materials buried there? “
Complaints that Nafalda Mayaldou, governor of Arlit don’t perceive. “All the things goes usually. It is simply too pressing to say that the landfill has not even began. Or that they make counter-proposals, that they write them. However to say that it isn’t good and never to supply something, I don’t perceive, he explains.
Arlit’s civil society organizations are asking President Mohamed Bazoum to establish a neighborhood committee to supervise the redevelopment of the positioning.