Illegal mining: Adeleke goes tough on taskforce

In his drive to clean up the Solid Mineral sector, the Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke has ordered the immediate disbandment of the state’s Mining Joint Taskforce (JTF).

The existing JTF is consequently directed to hand over all government vehicles and documents in their possession to the Solid Minerals Committee.

A statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mallam Olawale Rasheed said, “As a follow up to the disbandment, the State Governor has further issued instruction for the reconstitution of the JTF.”

Governor Adeleke had two weeks ago announced far-reaching reform of the solid mineral sector which include stopping unauthorised mining, addressing challenges of mining related environmental degradation and ensuring Osun state get her due return from the sector.

He had also set up a Solid Mineral Committee to look into activities of stakeholders within the sector with a view to put an end to revenue leakages, unauthorised appropriation of solid minerals and tackling increasing criminal activities around the mining communities.

“I consequently direct the Chairman of the Solid Mineral Committee to take neccesary steps to ensure seamless transition from the old to the new JTF. The new team when constituted must operate with utmost professionalism with zero tolerance for misconduct”, he directed.

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