Osun moves to regulate mining activities
Osun government has begun moves to check illegal mining activities in the state.Besides checking environmental degradation, the measures are geared at boosting the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR).
The Special Adviser to the governor on Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources, Chief Babatunde Ajilore, told newsmen yesterday in Osogbo that the new move had resulted in government capturing the biometrics of over 5000 artisan miners statewide.
He also disclosed that government had employed mining inspectors to work with host communities in policing the sites, stressing that this collaboration would ensure that both government and the communities benefit maximally from the natural resources.
Ajilore, who boasted that government had restored order in the sector, said a regulatory measure to boost mining in the state was in place.The commissioner noted that the measures were consistent with efforts to sustainably protect the environment for generations to come.Consequently, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has inaugurated the Mineral Resources Management Committee (MIREMCO).
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