Ekiti To Collaborate with FG on Mining Sector Reform—- Alake
Citing the abundance of natural resources, including solid minerals in Ekiti State, Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, stated that the state will significantly contribute to the federal government’s quest to make solid minerals a major revenue earner for the nation.
Mr. Alake reiterated the commitment of the federal government to partner with states in reforming the mining sector to ensure maximum benefits for host communities and accruable revenue for the government, while speaking during a meeting with Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji.
Governor Oyebanji, in his remarks, expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for appointing an illustrious son of Ekiti as the helmsman of the solid minerals ministry. He mentioned that the minister is the state’s best choice, using his vantage position to advance the cause of the state. The Ekiti governor emphasised the imperative of collaborating with the federal government on mining sector reforms for the economic development of federating units.
”The other reason why I came is to discuss how Ekiti can partner with the Minister to ensure that we key into his vision. It is in the interest of states to collaborate because it is a win-win situation. Any discerning state that wants to develop its domain must key into the mining sector. I see a lot of opportunities for sub-nationals. He is trying to democratise the space, and it will create wealth. It will create jobs, and it will increase security. So, I don’t see how any state will not partner with the ministry because solid minerals are the new oil, “Gov. Oyebanji said.