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Illegal mining: Ondo Assembly asks security operatives to work with traditional rulers

The Ondo State House of the Assembly has asked security agencies in the state to work with traditional rulers in addressing illegal mining across the state.

The Speaker of the House, Chief Olamide Oladiji made the call at  plenary  on Tuesday,  on alleged  illegal mining in   Ile-Oluji/ Oke-Igbo Local Government Area of the state.

Oladiji said that such illegality must stop in the state, adding that illegal mining

 destroyed people’s  property.

He urged  Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)  saddled with mining  to collaborate  with the state sister MDAs to address the illegality.

The speaker urged the  public to give appropriate information on illegal mining to the concerned authorities, saying that information remained key.

Oladiji, therefore, asked the House Committee on Mineral Resources to undertake an on-sight assessment and recommend to the house.

Earlier, Mr  Nelson Akinsuroju representing Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo state  constituency,  read a letter from Oba Julius Adetimehin, the Jeun of Ile-Oluji on illegal miners allegedly destroying people’s farmlands and property, adding that their activities were a threat to human lives.

Akinsuroju said  the traditional ruler had sought  immediate intervention of  the state government  in addressing illegal mining in the constituency.

He said that illegal miners had no regards for  law and human lives, saying that lives were  endangered in the area.

Also, Mr Olatunji Ifabiyi, Odigbo 1/APC, said the house should issue a  resolution to mandate that the government should be briefed about mining activities in the state.

Also, Mrs Omowumi Fayemi , Ilaje 2/APC, implored the house to liaise with the ministry involved with mineral resources at the Federal level  to address the situation and monitor mining  activities in the state.

She said there are  rules and regulations in the state , curtailing activities of miners.

The Majority Leader of the house, Mr  Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, said that mining activities should also register with the state government.

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