ARTISANAL QUARRIES IN KADUNA METROPOLIS WITH ASSOCIATED SOCIO-ECONOMIC BENEFITS
This research assessed the socio-economic benefits that exist in artisanal quarries of Kaduna Metropolis. Rock quarrying like other mining sectors contributes significantly to the socio-economic development of those engaged in Quarry and their host communities. This study used questionnaire administration and field observation to collect data from 5 artisanal quarry sites in Kaduna Metropolis. Global position instrument (GPS) was used for taking the bearings and locations of the quarry sites. Geographic and Geologic maps of Kaduna metropolis were also used for the research. Result showed that Majority 238 (60%) of the respondents were married, majority of the workers were Moslems while only (18%) of them were Christians. The ethnic composition of the workers are Hausas forming the majority. Other ethnic groups were Isoko, Igbo, Ron and Guduf. Result also showed low level of education. Least monthly earning was N20, 000 per month by those engaged in artisanal Quarrying. The socio-economic conditions of overwhelming majority of the workers have improved as a result of earnings from the quarries. Observations and interview showed that the quarry miners did not use recommended safety wears. Many people are exposed to pollutants which may cause cancer later without realizing it.