The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has called on stakeholders in the Mining sector to make concerted efforts towards its development to further explore the natural mineral resources and value-chain embedded in the sector.
Governor Abiodun said this in Abeokuta, at the opening ceremony of the Mining and Geology Week, 2021, organised by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment with the theme; “Developing Ogun State Vast Mineral Resources: A Panacea for Sustainable Economic Growth”, noting that there was need to diversify the economy from a mono-economy to a multi-based economy.
Represented by his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Prince Abiodun reiterated his administration’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for economic growth and all-round development, saying, “in just two years, we have successfully achieved a lot in line with our ISEYA Mantra, together we shall continue to build the Ogun State of our collective dream and I assure you that you will find us worthy partners”.
He called on the participants to attend the forthcoming 2021 Investment summit scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 13 and Wednesday, 14 of July, adding that it would be an opportunity to network with other stakeholders.
In her welcome address, the Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe, said the theme of the Conference was apt as it would help in formulating policies for the growth of the Mining sector, as well as boost investment portfolio, industrialisation and Internally Generated Revenue of the State.
She noted that Ogun State is blessed with solid minerals resources including Limestone, Granite, Clay, Kaolin, Feldspar, Sand and Laterite, assuring that government would focus on the untapped mineral deposits in the State, as well as continue to reduce the spate of illegal mining without contravening the Nigerian Mineral and Mining Act 2007.
The Commissioner noted that the government has increased the presence of geologists across the State with the creation of additional Zonal offices, as well as equipped the Officers for improved service delivery.
Delivering a lecture, titled “Exploring the value-chain potentials of Ogun Mineral Resources”, Mr. Steve Ipinniwa said the concentration of hard and soft rock basement has enriched the State, while the potentials are yet to be discovered, calling for more political will and government’s support.
Other dignitaries present at the event were; the State Head of Service, Mrs. Selimot Ottun, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, Special Adviser to the Governor on Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Remi Ogunmefun and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola among others.