The federal government has alerted the people of Adamawa and Taraba states in Mayo Belwa, Demsa, Ganye, Toungo, Ardo kola, Lau, Yorro and Zing local governments areas of an ongoing airborne geological survey and urged them not to panic if they see aircraft flying at low latitude in their communities.
This was contained in a press statement from the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, and made available to journalists in Yola on Tuesday.
The statement signed by the media/communication officer of the mineral sector support for Economic Diversification Project (Mid Diver), Ishiaku kigbu, stated that it is as a result of an ongoing geological survey by the federal government.
Parts of the statement reads: “The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development wants to sensitise the people of Adamawa and Taraba states, especially those in the affected local governments not to panic but to remain calm when they notice small yellow coloured aircraft flying at lower latitude in their localities to captured geological information and data as the exercise is harmless.”
He added that the exercise is in furtherance of the federal government’s commitment to improve the availability of geological information and data to enhance diversification of the economy to meet up with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He said the exercise is being carried out by an international consultant called Excalibur Supported by the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (Mid Diver), which involves the use of yellow coloured small aircrafts fitted with aeromagnetic lenses to carry out aeromagnetic surveys in selected states of the federation.
He added that this enlightenments and re- notification has become necessary in view of the current security challenges bedeveling the country and the need to keep citizens abreast with the development so as not to take them unawares and to avoid putting them in panic situation in case they notice unusual movements of aircrafts at close range.