Plateau

“Plateau” profiles a small group of tin-miners in Nigeria’s Jos-Plateau state and offers insight into the socio-economic implications of their illegal tin mining activities. Before Nigeria’s independence  Plateau State was the epicenter for the mining of minerals such as tin. Tin deposits were discovered in Jos-Plateau and the British colonial regime at the time enabled foreign companies to exploit the area. In the late 70’s and 80’s, many of these companies made their workers redundant. Having gained the skills and knowledge of mining, these workers formed a small rebel community and began digging the land for mineral deposits. But without the money for machines or mechanized equipment, this unmonitored mineral extraction has posed grave challenges to the health of the Jos-Plateau people and the environment.

Present-day, there are still workers who rely on this form of tin-mining as their main source of income, regardless of the health and environmental dangers it poses. In terms of the effects of Nigeria’s independence in the 1960s’, the discovery of crude oil and the abandonment of industries such as agriculture and mining had a detrimental effect on the country’s socio-economic status. “Plateau” seeks to question the notion of independence and the socio-economic impact this has had on sectors such as the mining industry and the capability for people to make a living and sustain economic independence beyond the effects of colonialism.

Plateau

“Plateau” profiles a small group of tin-miners in Nigeria’s Jos-Plateau state and offers insight into the socio-economic implications of their illegal tin mining activities. Before Nigeria’s independence  Plateau State was the epicenter for the mining of minerals such as tin. Tin deposits were discovered in Jos-Plateau and the British colonial regime at the time enabled foreign companies to exploit the area. In the late 70’s and 80’s, many of these companies made their workers redundant. Having gained the skills and knowledge of mining, these workers formed a small rebel community and began digging the land for mineral deposits. But without the money for machines or mechanized equipment, this unmonitored mineral extraction has posed grave challenges to the health of the Jos-Plateau people and the environment.

Present-day, there are still workers who rely on this form of tin-mining as their main source of income, regardless of the health and environmental dangers it poses. In terms of the effects of Nigeria’s independence in the 1960s’, the discovery of crude oil and the abandonment of industries such as agriculture and mining had a detrimental effect on the country’s socio-economic status. “Plateau” seeks to question the notion of independence and the socio-economic impact this has had on sectors such as the mining industry and the capability for people to make a living and sustain economic independence beyond the effects of colonialism.