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Oyo Gov’t warns against illegal mining, threatens to prosecute defaulters

Oyo Gov't warns against illegal mining, threatens to prosecute defaulters

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Oyo Gov’t warns against illegal mining, threatens to prosecute defaulters

By Matthew Eloyi

The Oyo State Government has cautioned illegal miners to desist from the act or be ready to face the wrath of the law.

The State Government also extended the warning to operators within the State who fail to comply with the extant rules and regulations guiding the mining industry.

The Chairman, Oyo State Minerals Development Agency, Mr Abiodun Oni, disclosed this on Thursday at the State Secretariat, Ibadan.

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Oni warned illegal miners who embark on mining activities without official permission from the State Government and revenue defaulters to desist from the acts, as Government is on its trail.

However, Oni said the State Government is ready to partner with relevant stakeholders in the mining industry, so as to increase the State Resource Control and Economy Development.

He stated that prior to this time, the Agency has been having meaningful discussions with some relevant stakeholders on ways to strategise and develop the budding industry in Oyo State.

He disclosed that the State is endowed with different kinds of Solid Minerals such as Granites, Gold, Gemstone, Quarts, Cassiterite, Marble, Garnet, Tin-Ore, Monganite, Naobium, Agate, Topnz, Limestone, Tantalum among others.

Oyo Gov’t warns against illegal mining, threatens to prosecute defaulters

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