The Minister of Solid Minerals, Dele Alake, affirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to putting an end to illegal mining activities in Nigeria.
Dailypost reported Alake made this declaration during a condolence visit to the Oyo State Government on Monday, where he led a federal government delegation.
Expressing concern over the explosion that occurred on Tuesday, the minister revealed that the government is determined to address the issue of illegal mining, which has been linked to banditry, terrorism, and insecurity in the country.
Alake asserted that influential individuals within the society are involved in these illicit mining activities, contributing to the various challenges associated with the sector.
Alake also mentioned that the Federal Government would await the final report of forensic investigations into the Bodija estate explosion, which will provide insights into the causes, effects, and potential remedies for the incident. He cautioned against making premature pronouncements before the completion of the forensic analysis and investigations.
”When the reports are ready, the federal government will have a solid platform to make an informed judgment and a categorical statement.
“The final forensic report will also help the federal government take appropriate decisions concerning the victims of this ugly incident.
“Anything before then will be presumptuous and can be misleading at the end of the day,” he said.
The minister urged Nigerians to be conscious and always report suspicious movements and businesses in their environment, noting that failure to report early always leads to negative results.
“We need to be safety-conscious and develop the attitude of reporting atrocious activities in our neighbourhood.