February 03, 2024

I will not go out to ban mining activities - Makinde says after explosion caused by illegal miners rocked Ibadan

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has said that he will not ban mining activities in the state. Makinde stated this while speaking on the explosion that rocked Bodija in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday night, Jan. 16. Makinde blamed the explosion on illegal miners who stored explosive devices in one of the buildings in Bodija. But when asked during an interview on Channels TV Politics Today if he was considering banning mining in the state following the incident, Makinde said, “My approach has been a little bit different. “I will not go out to ban mining activities because there are people who are legally mining in the state. They may be international investors. You will give the impression that this is a lawless environment where we will not obey our contracts, what we signed with people. “It is a difficult route to take. When we are swimming through the situation we have found ourselves, we will not have a knee-jerk reaction to the issue.”
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