By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Osun State Government said it is considering the exploitation of the solid minerals sector of the state as one of the veritable means of boosting its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR.
Osun Deputy Chief Of Staff, Abdullah Binuyo who disclosed this in Osogbo said the Gboyega Oyetola administration is looking at means of improving the revenue base of the state so as to better the lives of the people.
Binuyo explained that the Solid Minerals sector of the state is an area the present administration is not joking with and critically looking at it with all sense of revenue generating potentials.
While stressing that the administration’s effort is ready to diversify the state’s economy in line with social needs of the people, the Deputy Chief Of Staff called for a serious collaboration with security agencies in order to effectively curb the activities of illegal miners in the state.
According to him, “The Osun Mining Development Programme is developed to ensure viable and sustainable mining sector, comprising seven key areas of intervention to improve access, safety and security, regulation and improved ease of doing mining business in Osun.
“If activities around this sector are well handled and managed, a lot will be accrued to the state in terms of revenue as well as job opportunities for our youths, it is something we are determined to do, Governor Oyetola is already laying the foundation for this to happen.
Binuyo who stressed on the need for a synergy between the Federal Government and the State Government in the area of issuing licenses to miners, explained that it is important for state governments to be adequately carried along when licences are being issued.
“We want to seriously commercialize the mining sector in our state, we are assiduously working on mining titles and the area of security is being worked upon because of the challenges of illegal miners in our state, illegal miners are a menace to the sector”, he stated.