Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, has stated Ekiti State will contribute significantly to the Federal Government’s quest to make solid minerals, a major revenue earner for the nation.
Alake said this when he played host to Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, in his office.
The minister cited the preponderance of natural resources, including solid minerals in Ekiti State.
He also reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to partnering with states to reform the mining sector with a view to ensuring maximum benefits for host communities and accruable revenue for government.
In his remarks, Gov. Oyebanji expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for appointing an illustrious son of Ekiti as the helmsman of the solid minerals ministry, asserting the minister is the state’s best choice that has been using his vantage position to advance the cause of Ekiti State.
The Ekiti governor emphasised the imperative of collaborating with the FG on mining sector reforms for economic development of federating units.
“The other reason why I came is to discuss how Ekiti can partner with the Minister to ensure that we key into his vision. It is in the interest of states to collaborate because it is a win-win situation.
“Any discerning state that want to develop their domain must key into the mining sector. I see a lot of opportunities for sub-nationals. He is trying to democratise the space, and it will create wealth.
“It will create jobs, and it will increase security. So, i don’t see how any state will not partner with the ministry because solid minerals is the new oil,” Oyebanji added.