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Solid Minerals: Kwara, Oyo, Niger Governors collaborate with Alake on mining sector development

L-R: Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and Niger State Governor Umar Bago, during a visit to Alake's Office in Abuja, FCT     Photo: State House

*Dr. Oladele Alake, Minister for Solid Minerals Development, hosts and engages Governors of Kwara, Oyo and Niger states on the Federal Government’s commitment to sanitising mining operations, ensuring adequate security, and rejigging of the country’s security architecture with the active cooperation and collaboration with the states

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of ongoing efforts at ensuring adequate security of lives, property, and operating environment to maximise the contribution of mining industry to the Nigerian economy, Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development Thursday, October 19, 2023, hosted Governors Abdulrahman Abdulrasak (Kwara State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), and Hon. Umar Bago (Niger State) in his office in Abuja, FCT.

ConsumerConnect reports Niger State Governor (Hon.) Bago told reporters, that issues around revalidating licences issued to mining companies that have gone out of their scope dominated their discussions with the Minister for Solid Minerals.

Bago also said the meeting touched on the the need for such companies to re-register in the states with specificity as regards the location of mining in addition to security challenges being faced by mining operators. In his remarks at the meeting, Dr. Alake averred that in regard to his deliberation with the State Governors, grey areas had been ironed out.

Segun Tomori, Special Assistant (SA) on Media to the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, in a statement issued Thursday, also noted the Minister restated the commitment of the Federal Government to sanitising mining operations in the country and ensuring adequate security through rejigging of Nigeria’s security architecture with the active cooperation and collaboration with the states.

He explained: “We are moving forward to sanitise mining operations in Nigeria to ensure adequate security of lives, properties, and operating environment.

“The devastation caused by security breaches have been discussed exhaustively and we are resolving all of these to ensure the objective of rapid development of the mining sector is achieved in the shortest time possible.”

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