Granite Mining at Eluogwu Land, Amata-Ishiagu By Crush Stones Industries Ltd 1993 -2008.



Most of the granite mining activities that took place at Amata village, Ishiagu were within parcels of land belonging to a particular kindred called Umuelema. Individual and private company miners at various times operated there after reaching agreements with the members of the Umuelema family. Conversely, Eluogwu land was communally owned by the entire Amata village. Crush Stones Industries Ltd happened to be the only company that had carried out mining operations on this communal land. Conditions for granting permission to the company to operate there were clearly set out in the land-owner/Tenant lease agreements. The company made use of paid labourers and some modern mining equipment in the course of its mining operations. The company ultimately benefited from the enterprise, while the land owners apparently lost out with very little remuneration from the company for their resources tapped and pollutions suffered.


DOI: 10.7176/HRL/53-04

Publication date: April 30th 2021


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