Oyo State Cracks Down on Illegal Mining: Verification Begins Sept 25
By Faridat Salifu
In a bid to curb illegal mining activities within its borders, Oyo State government has recently forged a partnership with the Mineral Resources Management Committee (MIREMCO) to commence the Verification of Consent Letters and Community Development Agreements in the state’s mining sector. This crucial initiative is set to take place from September 25 to October 27, 2023.
The Director-General of MIREMCO, Hon. Abiodun Oni, revealed this significant move during a press briefing held at the Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
He emphasized the importance of aligning the Oyo State mining sector with the provisions of the Mining Act and relevant laws, citing the need for collaboration with all stakeholders.
According to Hon. Abiodun Oni, the verification process aims to combat rampant theft within the mining industry, where billions of resources have been illicitly siphoned.
Oyo State boasts a diverse range of minerals, but their potential can only be harnessed through proper regulation and responsible practices.
Hon. Oni urged Obas (traditional rulers), landowners, miners, quarry operators, and other stakeholders to strictly adhere to industry regulations.
Non-compliance, he warned, would be treated as an economic sabotage against both the people and the government of Oyo State, as well as the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Furthermore, Mrs. Jolade Omidiran, the Coordinating Director of MIREMCO, stressed the necessity for all mining sector participants to heed the government’s directives.
She emphasized that the status quo would not prevail, as the government is committed to conducting business with integrity and decorum.
This collaborative effort between the Oyo State government and MIREMCO signifies a crucial step towards establishing transparency, sustainability, and lawful practices in the state’s mining sector, ultimately benefiting both the local community and the nation as a whole.