Governor Gboyega Oyetola led Osun State Government has reiterated its continuous efforts in creating healthy environment for the entire citizens of the state.
This was made known by the Chairman, Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO), Prince Omolade Binuyo while reacting to a report condemning the state government over contamination of Osun River.
According to him, Governor Oyetola led administration expressed concern over mining activities which he said constitutes a threat to government’s investment in other sectors.
The MIREMCO boss, who pointed out that mining activities had led to contamination of Osun River and other contaminants which are currently threatening the state’s investments in the water sector, said the Committee was working assiduously to put a stop to the menace.
The statement bemoaned the flagrant abuse of the state environment by the illegal miners, especially the pollution of the river and stated the Committee’s readiness to wage war on the people who have resisted guidance and refused to follow due process for mining in Osun.
He noted that the incumbent Governor Oyetola led administration would not relent in making Osun a designation for sustainable investment.
“As part of the efforts of Mr Governor is constitution of a committee of professionals who are working on how the polluted river would be cleansed.
“Similarly, the MIREMCO is working round the clock in monitoring and control the activities of the artisanal miners both substantive and mechanical artisanal.
“Governor Oyetola is also making efforts with various stakeholders in order to conduct mining in an organised manner while the government is also encouraging the miners to conduct their mining in environmental friendly manner,” the statement said.
It however concluded that the entire Committee would be paying a surprise visit to the miners as part of their readiness to address their menace in the state.