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Ogun defends creation of Mineral Resources company 

The Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Media and Strategy, Kayode Akinmade, on Sunday stated that the current resolution of the Ogun State authorities to create a Mineral Resources Agency was so as and the very best curiosity of the state.

Akinmade stated that the creation of the company was aimed toward defending the sources deposited within the state and entrenching decency and sanity within the mining sector for the frequent good of the folks within the state.

The aide stated, “The newly created agency is set up for mineral identification, geological mapping of the state, and data banking, in line with item 39 of the exclusive legislative list regulating mining activities in Nigeria”.

Akinmade, disclosed this on Sunday whereas giving additional clarification on the restraining order of the federal government on mining mineral sources within the state.

He additionally stated, “While solely the Federal Government can regulate mining actions throughout Nigeria, the mineral deposits are in states, and the mining actions happen in these states.

“Thus, a state can’t successfully plan or govern if it doesn’t enumerate the sources in its jurisdiction and map them to know the place they’re.

“For instance, it will likely be a colossal loss to construct a mass housing challenge on a web site that has the biggest deposit of limestone or pure fuel. The method the State Government can keep away from that is to know what minerals are within the State, the place they’re, and in what amount.

“This information helps the State entice traders. It additionally helps the State to successfully handle land in order that websites which can be by pure endowment fitted to mineral exploration are usually not labeled as residential or allotted for industrial functions that waste the mining potential of the land.

“It also avoids clash of investments as we have had agricultural allottees clashing with mining allottees on the same or adjoining land with the mining activities hampering the agricultural and ecological benefits of the farmers”.

Akinmade defined that the newly created Mineral Resources Agency will interface with different MDAs to keep away from clashes in future land allocation and be sure that potential mining websites are preserved and uninhibited for traders who, if , would ultimately method the Federal Government for mining licenses and operations.

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He added: “In reaching this resolution, Ogun State was guided by the precedent of oil-producing states who, regardless of petroleum being on the Exclusive Legislative List, have arrange ministries of oil and fuel.

“These ministries don’t regulate petroleum or battle with the DPR’s regulatory mandate over the petroleum business.

“Rather, they give attention to host neighborhood growth, battle avoidance and determination, maximising petroleum participation within the State (attracting traders) and warehousing statistics. This is similar mannequin that the Ogun State Agency will undertake.

“Additionally, we should bear in mind the current unlucky explosion in Ibadan, Oyo State that destroyed a number of properties and claimed lives, due to the actions of miners working within the State underneath federal license with out interface with or recourse to the State Government in any respect.

“A State Government that bears the responsibility to secure lives and properties must also have the means to know what the threats to that security are, the identity and nature of the actors exacerbating those threats, and the level of the public’s exposure to those threats.”

The particular adviser famous that whereas mining is completely federal, the safety of lives and property is concurrent and State Governments should know the companies and traders who’ve obtained federal licenses to import and retailer dynamites, noxious chemical substances, and different dangerous supplies which can be incidental to mining.

He additionally said that the Ogun State Government has the constitutional proper to control chieftaincy issues within the State.

According to him, if individuals who’re subjected to chieftaincy legal guidelines are breaching the peace or undermining the general public good, the state authorities can name such individuals to order.

“In doing so, Ogun State shouldn’t be regulating the exercise however the individuals. As an instance, the Central Bank doesn’t regulate cryptocurrencies (that are digital belongings underneath the SEC’s purview). However, the CBN regulates banks and might order banks to not assist crypto transactions, because it did previously.

“Mining remains the Federal Government’s exclusive mandate, but by the new order, Ogun State Government has barred state chiefs subject to state law, from participating in that space. This is in order,” he added.

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