Mining licenses: Alake backs Oyo government 

The Minister of Solid Minerals development, Dr Dele Alake has backed plans by Oyo state government to obtain mining licences.

Reiterating the ministry’s support for sub-national entities in the country to develop the sector, the minister emphasised that cooperation with states would develop the mining industry value-chain and promote value addition for maximum beneficiation to host communities.

In his remarks, governor Makinde revealed that his visit was necessitated by the need to follow up on the application of the state for mining licence, stating that the state government is on the verge of establishing a state-owned mining corporation. 

“I came to give the minister the official report of mining activities in Oyo state and brief him on efforts to curb illegal mining. Last week, we had to demolish an unlawful lithium processing facility. I seized the opportunity to inform him about what transpired and to seek his support and collaboration for the mining sector in my state because it is a catalyst for development,” Governor Makinde said.

The governor revealed that the state is poised to invest in lithium value chain, gemstone, gold and marble and has applied for mining licences to execute them. 

According to him, the state’s mining company has secured partnerships with investors. 

“Quite several investors are coming into the state and we are supporting them, creating an enabling environment to not only facilitate extraction of minerals but also value addition through processing of raw materials,” he added.