By Korede Adebayo, Jibril Omotosho, Oladimeji Oladejo, Faruq Alato, Aminat Aduragbemi.
The Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Mr. Kayode Alabi has disclosed that the state government is trying it’s possible best to make sure that mining industry in kwara state becomes unique.
The Deputy Governor made disclosure during a stakeholders meeting held at the ministry of Solid Minerals Mining Development’s conference hall in Ilorin on Tuesday.
The Deputy Governor who was represented by his Principal Private Secretary Mr. Ayantola Malomo said the government will support the miners in the state.
Also speaking, the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Sha’ba Maman Jibril who was also represented by Babatunde Oladapo Benjamin said Miners should be well recognised by both the State and Federal Government.
He said the crude oil will not be the only source of income to the country, acding that mining can also be another source of income for the country.
The Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology Fatimat Arinola Lawal said she hope that the meeting will bring a great turnaround to the state and to the country at large.
‘‘Solid Mineral Sector in Nigeria is gradually becoming the toast of both local and foreign investors due to abandon of mineral resources in the country”, she said.
She disclosed that the Executive Governor of Kwara State Abdulraman Abdulrasaq created magnanimity, createdmi ministry of the Solid Mineral Development which was formally under the ministry of business, Innovation and Technology.
The Kwara State Ministry of Solid Mineral Development saddled with the responsibility of formulation and execution of laws and regulations guiding the various stage of prospecting mining operation.
She stated that the administration of the Minerals development miners of the state which includes supervision of minerals based companies and projects coordinating the activities of small scale miners.
She highlighted some of the ministry efforts making to towards the development of the mining sector to include minerals, rock based companies, Geological and Geophysical prospect.