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.
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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
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
- CAJ News