Environment Protection

Again, Chinese Illegal Miners Caught in Oyo State

Oyo State Government has ordered the closure of a facility suspected of illegal mining activities within the state. The facility, initially designated for battery and tire recycling, was found to be processing and packaging lithium without proper authorization. Governor Makinde, who conducted an impromptu inspection of the site in Idi Ayunre, Oluyole Local Government Area of Ibadan, revealed that preliminary investigations implicated Chinese nationals in the operation.

Despite the issuance of an operational license by the Federal Government, the Governor emphasized the importance of state involvement in the licensing process to address security concerns effectively. He cited Executive Order 001 of 2024 on the safe handling of harmful substances, noting that the factory’s activities violated this directive. As a result, four individuals associated with the operation were promptly arrested and are slated for prosecution in accordance with the law.

Governor Makinde noted the significance of adhering to local laws and regulations, reiterating the state’s commitment to fostering a conducive environment for legitimate business endeavors. Expressing apprehension regarding the current arrangement where mining falls under the Exclusive Legislative List, he advocated for greater state participation in the licensing framework to mitigate security threats.

In light of the infractions uncovered, the state government announced its intention to assume control of the factory facility through legal proceedings until a thorough investigation is conducted.

While maintaining Oyo State’s openness to investors, Governor Makinde emphasized the paramountcy of compliance with statutory requirements, underscoring the imperative for businesses to operate within the bounds of established regulations.

IMAGE: Tribune online

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