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Illegal mining destroying farming –Oyetola

Illegal mining destroying farming –Oyetola

Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
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Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has decried the rate at which unregulated mining had destroyed land and farming activities in the state.

The governor disclosed this during a visit to some mining sites at Ifewara in Atakunmosa West Local Government Area.

Oyetola while expressing displeasure over the level of environmental degradation caused by illegal mining  said that mining activities will henceforth be regulated in the state.

The governor while stressing the importance of exploring the possibilities in mining, said it must not be at the expense of the welfare and health of the people.

“So, I am here to prevent what happened in the Niger Delta from being replicated here. We are not saying people should not do mining, but this has to be regulated.

“Mining is a very sensitive thing. One cannot just do mining, there should be a proper environmental impact assessment report that will guarantee that such exercise will not have adverse effect on the livelihood of the citizens.

He said that the government is committed to protecting the community, and will not allow the means of their livelihood to be compromised.

The Adimula of Ifewara, Oba Hezekiah Adeniyi Owolola, implored the state government to accelerate its efforts at putting a permanent end to illegal mining in his area.

The Loja of Ibodi, Oba Omisade Agboluaje, applauded the government for prioritizing security and welfare of the people.

The monarch condemned illegal mining activities in Ibodi and other parts of the state, calling on the government to find a lasting solution to the menace.

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The Executive Secretary, Ministry of Forest and Mineral Resources, Mr Olukayo Lanlehin said the ministry will not relent until mining is fully regulated.

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