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Ogun State Government on Thursday has warned miners and dredgers in the state to disannul illegal mining in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Ola Oresanya handed down the warning when he visited a gully erosion site arising from mining activities in Sango-Ota in Ado Odo Local Government Area of the state.
Oresanya stated that the state government has found out that “a lot of irresponsible extractions have been done in several parts of the state especially in the southern part which has sedimentary basins that has led to gully erosion.”
He however directed the miners and the dredgers to always embark on Environmental Impact Assessment before operations and register with the Ministry of Environment for proper monitoring of their activities.
He further directed them to have dust-control devices, especially “for those sculpting seriously and maintain the roads they destroy while they operate.”
He said “the cost of restoring the degradation they do to the environment is more than the money they pay to the federal government for their licenses.
“Gully erosion will continue if we continue to have irresponsible mining and dredging.The state government will no longer tolerate it, whether they are licensed by the federal government or not since mining and dredging are on the exclusive list.
“Ours is to protect the lives and property of our people in Ogun State and make sure our people are not exposed to danger through irresponsible mining.
“They cannot extract almost at a vertical strip and have people’s houses falling into gouge.We will not tolerate it.”
Oresanya mentioned that the state government is ready to work with the Federal Government to ensure total compliance with mining standards and ensure strict adherence to environmental regulations and standards.