Lagos Bans mining activities, gives two months grace


Folake Ogunleye

Lagos State Government has banned all sand mining activities in the state with a view to forestall flooding and continual degradation of the state ecosystem.

Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Honorable Olawale Oluwo who disclosed this at a meeting with miners and other stakeholders in the field  explained that the State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has however in his magnanimity and humanness granted the miners a 2-month reprieve to wind up their mining activities by April 30th 2018 when the ban will be fully enforced.

He said over time since January 2016 the state Government through the Ministry had given a Stop-Work order to the miners due to the seeming imminent disaster and danger posed by their mining activities and now has to resort to total ban to protect public infrastructure as well as lives and property of citizenry especially of those who resides around the coastal areas of the state.

The Commissioner who was represented at the meeting by the Permanent Secretary Engineer Bade Adebowale  said “we as government has to be decisive as the land degradation caused by activities of miners around areas like Ajah, Lekki, Epe and Ikorodu axis has reached alarming stage requiring urgent attention of government for the sake of prosperity and generation yet unborn” adding that what is collected as fees for land restoration and haulage by government is far below gain from the business  which invariably places a lot of deficit on the doorstep of government.

Oluwo admonished the miners to obey the law of the government in their own interest.

Oluwo at a meeting with members of staff said the state government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the much toted embedded power project just signed into law by the State Governor succeed in every ramification  pointing out that an Energy Commission will soon be in place to start the generation of 3,000 MW electricity supply for the people of Lagos.


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