Oyo: Makinde tasks LG chairmen on mining safety

Governor Seyi Makinde on Friday tasked the 33 newly elected chairmen of local government areas in the state to collaborate with the state government to ensure Oyo state is not a security risk in the mining industry.

The governor, who gave the task while speaking at a meeting held at Agodi, Ibadan, charged them to take responsibility for the challenges and opportunities in the mining sector in their respective areas.

Speaking through the Director-General of the Oyo State Mineral Development Agency and Executive Chairman of the Pacesetter Mineral Development Company, Mr. Abiodun Oni, the governor emphasized the importance of harnessing Oyo state’s mineral resources for the benefit of citizens.

He noted that operations in the sector must not be allowed to have adverse effect on the security of lives and property in the state.

The governors stressed that while the mining sector is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government, states and local governments have a critical role to play in ensuring that mining operations are conducted securely and with the consent of host communities.

“As the administrators at the grassroots, security is one of your responsibilities and it is expected that you should live up to that responsibility by protecting your people from the hazards of mining operations,” he said.

The governor added, ” So, let me tell you that as the governor says, if you see something, say something and the government will do something. The governor has shown his passionate commitment to securing Oyo State from the dangerous side effects of mining by signing the Executive Order on Protection of Mining Communities against Insecurity and Exploitation.”