Ekiti seeks movement of mining from Exclusive to Concurrent list

By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti

 

Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Lanre Ogunsuyi has called for the transfer of mining of solid minerals from the exclusive to the concurrent list of the Nigerian Constitution.

 

He made the call in Ado-Ekiti during a technical meeting between representatives of the National Academy of Science (NAS) led by its President, Prof Oyewole Tomori and the Ekiti state Government on Livelihood and Life Skills Development Programme for Youths in the

State.

 

The Commissioner said that the move has become expedient if the nation was to truly make good use of its vast mineral endowments as well as free its teeming youths from the shackles of unemployment and poverty.

 

He stressed that the Federal Government should set machinery in motion for the federating units to jointly regulate the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources in their territories instead of paying lip service to the issues of looking inwards and diversifying

their economics.

 

The Commissioner posited that if solid minerals were under the concurrent list, states would be able to curtail the activities of illegal miners and generate employment  opportunities for their youths who he said were willing and able to make a living from legitimate means including mining.

 

“Ekiti has vast reserves of kaolin, bauxite, tantalite , granite and other mineral resources. Everyone knows that unregulated mining oftamoullin and other allied minerals has been taking place in many parts of Ijero Local Government Area for over 20 years, yet issuance

of quarrying licenses for producing gravels which is about the most common and least important of exploitation licenses falls under the purview of the federal authorities”, Ogunsuyi noted.

 

He recalled that the state recently enacted the Mineral Resources Development Agency law as part of efforts to properly position her for exploration and exploitation of the vast mineral resources that abounds the state.

 

Hon. Ogunsuyi however expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the Fayose led government to reposition various sectors that the administration met in an appalling condition on assumption of office in October, 2014.

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