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FG, Lagos explore partnership to develop mining

12 January 2016, 21:44

Abuja - The government has expressed interest in partnering the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources to enhance the exploitation of mineral deposits in the region.

Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, expressed the government’s interest during a meeting with Lagos Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Olawale Oluwo, who visited the former at his office in Abuja.

“This is no way the country can succeed in minerals development if there is no partnership and collaboration between the Federal Government and states,” said Fayemi.

“For this reason there is need to work out the most appropriate manner in which mutual benefits will be guaranteed to those who are involved and also to protect the communities,” said the minister.

Also read: Banks urged to help refurbish mining industry

Earlier, Oluwo disclosed that in Eastern Lagos, it had been discovered that estimation of minerals such as limestone was in the region of 12 million metric tonnes in Epe.

Meanwhile, Oluwo however stated that the preliminary reports of geological assessment conducted revealed salt water intrusion of clean water mixed with salt.

This, he said, was seen as a major health challenge to the population.

He said the geo-chemical investigations of top soil and road dust showed traces of heavy metal which could be very hazardous if not checked.

Oluwo said the most significant one was on reconnaissance investigation which revealed traces of radioactive materials within Lagos axis.

“These are the areas required for collaboration with the federal authorities and to check these tendencies as identified by his ministry,”

said Oluwo. 

- CAJ News

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