The Ogun State government has issued a note of warning to miners in the State, advising them to follow due process by obtaining necessary documents to validate their activities or risk sanctions.
Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, made this known while inspecting an illegal mining site at Atan Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the State.
Oyeleye who was represented by the Head of Environmental Task Force Team B, Engr. Kunle Adeotan, said miners should desist from illegal mining activities as it leads to desertification, flooding and other natural disasters.
“Miners should desist from illegal mining to avoid desertification, flooding and other natural disasters” Oyeleye said.
The Commissioner, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Press Officer, Mrs. Patience Idowu, revealed that the miners operating at the site in question were doing so without mining lease, Environmental Impact Certificate and other requisite documents, noting that government would not watch such illegality in the area or any other part of the state.
He enjoined perpetrators of this act to approach the Ministry of Environment for necessary documents.