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Oyebanji to Dele Alake: Ekiti ready to partner FG on solid minerals development

Oyebanji to Dele Alake: Ekiti ready to partner FG on solid minerals development
November 20
21:09 2023

Dele Alake, minster of solid minerals development, says Ekiti will greatly advance the federal government’s efforts to make solid minerals a major source of revenue in the country.

Alake spoke on Monday when he received Biodun Oyebanji, governor of Ekiti, in his office in Abuja.

He said the federal government is committed to partnering with states to reform the mining sector to ensure maximum benefits for host communities and accruable revenue for the government.

While speaking, Oyebanji expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for appointing a son of Ekiti as the helmsman of the solid minerals ministry.


He said Alake is the state’s best choice and has been using his vantage position to advance the cause of Ekiti.

The governor emphasised the imperative of collaborating with the federal government on mining sector reforms for the economic development of federating units.

“The other reason why I came is to discuss how Ekiti can partner with the Minister to ensure that we key into his vision,” Oyebanji said.


“It is in the interest of states to collaborate because it is a win-win situation.

“Any discerning state that wants to develop their domain must key into the mining sector.

“I see a lot of opportunities for sub-nationals. He is trying to democratise the space, and it will create wealth.

“It will create jobs, and it will increase security. So, I don’t see how any state will not partner with the ministry because solid minerals is the new oil.”


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