The Ogun State Government has lifted the ban on dredging and mining activities, with a charge that all dredgers and miners must comply with agreed templates and ensure responsible operations.
The State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe at a media briefing in Abeokuta Wednesday, said the new terms prioritise the safety of the host communities.
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The government had earlier banned dredging and mining operations across the State due to infractions detrimental to environmental conditions in some communities, especially at Abule Oko in Magboro, Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Olu Ola Aikulola, said, “We should think of the health and safety of others. Dredging or mining should not be at the expense of others’ safety.”
Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Ola Oresanya, said the government had reached an amicable agreement with relevant stakeholders to enable dredgers, miners and host communities to exist in unity.