We ‘ll stamp out illegal miners – Oyetola
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has assured that his administration would not relent in its effort to stamp out illegal miners in the state.
The governor gave the assurance while playing host to monarchs and political leaders from Ijesa in his office in Osogbo.
Oyetola while commending the efforts of the royal fathers at curbing crime and criminality, noted that his government would continue to partner them.
He said the government is working so hard to come up with a law that will regulate mining activities in the state which further attests to his administration’s commitment to the welfare of the people.
“We understand the danger posed by this act and we are assuring our people of prompt action.”
Earlier, the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran urged the governor to ban mining activities in the state indefinitely.
The monarch said it is hoped that the government will assist in getting rid of the unwanted visitors in the guise of gold miners whose influx into Ijesaland has been giving great panic, fear and embarrassment.
The Oba said the influx of illegal miners had led to displacement of farmers whose farm lands and landed property are being destroyed by the activities of these miners.
He promised that the traditional rulers would continue to lend their voices on things that will strengthen peaceful co-existence, unity and stability in the state.