The governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, says that gold mining will assume the place of crude oil within the financial system of the state shortly.
Mr Oyetola expressed optimism in Abuja on Sunday when he featured on the flagship interview session of the Information Company of Nigeria, often called “NAN Discussion board.”
He mentioned that his administration was taking mining actions from artisanal to the company stage, with the involvement of personal sector gamers coming for exploration and export.
The governor mentioned that other than the present efforts of his administration to realize mining sufficiency, Osun was a beneficiary of the presidential initiative on mining.
“Give us just a few years to come back, gold shall be our oil in Osun State. Our state shall be recognized for the key provide of gold in Nigeria and around the globe.
“We’re working with accountable miners. The 2 Canadian companies are doing fairly properly and I consider that in no distant future we will harvest plenty of our gold and refine them.
“I can speak about Badger Mines whereas the second continues to be doing the MoU however the first one is already on the market doing exploration and the end result has been up to now, so good.
“Don’t overlook that we even have the Segilola Gold Mission, which has established a refinery for gold in Osun State. It’s a state authorities initiative too.
“We’re additionally collaborating with the federal authorities on mining.
“Our state is without doubt one of the two states, together with Kebbi State, chosen as pilot states for the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Growth Initiative (PAGMI),” the governor boasted.
He added that the intention was to encourage the youths to enter mining by giving them expertise and a few assist, as a substitute of the standard diggers and different issues they use as excavators.
“The issue I’ve with that’s the query of remediation. They dig however they don’t remediate. That isn’t ok. They find yourself destroying our surroundings.
“You don’t destroy the atmosphere and go away it like that.
“The bottom they’re digging is meant to be for farming. So, in case you don’t remediate, over time you’ll have a severe difficulty of environmental degradation such as you had within the Niger Delta in these days.
“In no matter partnership we’re getting into with the folks, we take the difficulty of atmosphere severe. We’d like accountable companies that may do remediation and never destroy our surroundings within the title of mining,” he mentioned.
Osun State is thought for big deposits of minerals, together with gold, lead, zinc, quartz, feldspar and several other valuable metals.