FG stops Mining Operations in OAU Area and Surroundings

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The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, has issued a directive to halt mining activities at the Obafemi Awolowo University, the university teaching hospital, and surrounding areas pending the completion of investigations into suspected illegal mining.

Speaking on Tuesday through his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Tomori, at the ministry headquarters in Abuja after meeting with OAU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Adebayo Bamire, and the Chief Medical Director of OAUTHC, Prof. John Okeniyi, the minister said the decision came based on complaints from students and residents about illegal mining affecting the area's economy.

Alake stated that the ministry acted promptly to verify the claims following reports in the media about illegal miners exploiting Nigeria's resources for their own gain.

Numerous reports urged investigations into the illegal mining activities within the university premises, citing environmental damage caused by unregulated mining.

Alake also explained that some operators presented licenses and consent letters, prompting further scrutiny to verify their authenticity, leading to the invitation of university authorities for discussions.

He announced the indefinite suspension of all mining activities within and around the university premises until thorough investigations are completed.

Bamire expressed appreciation for the meeting and highlighted the university's potential in exploration and research in the mining sector.

He suggested establishing a research and training facility on mineral resources within the university to support the community, the state, and contribute to the sector's development.

Bamire also mentioned the university's application for an exploration license, expressing hope for approval to conduct exploration and assess mineral resources within and beyond the university.

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