The Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, has commended and applauded the officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) over security measures taken to protect the mineral resources in Nigeria. The minister appreciates the Corps effort in tackling the illegal mining of mineral resources in Nigeria despite no financial support from the ministry, which he noted was a drain on the economy that offers no benefit to both States and the Federal Government.
Adegbite gave this commendation while on a courtesy visit to the Commandant General NSCDC Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu at the Corps’ headquarters, Abuja on Friday. Though the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah has been here before onbehalf of the ministry but I decided to be here in person to appreciate the leadership of NSCDC for the efforts giving to the ministry despite no financial backing by the ministry for now, Adegbite stated.
On the other hand, the Commandant General NSCDC Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, expressed satisfaction for the visit made by the minister, he applauded the Minister’s professionalism in co-coordinating the activities in the Mining Sector, since his assumption of office.
Gana assured the Minister that the Corps would continue to support the ministry’s initiative in enhancing the mineral sector to ensue national growth. Our mandate is to ensure security of lives and properties. This, we have been doing, and we won’t relent, Gana said.
OGUN FEDERAL LAWMAKER DONATES 500KVA TRANSFORMER
The Federal Lawmaker representing Yewa North/Imeko-Afon constituency, Hon. Jimoh Olaifa has donated 500KVA transformer to supply electricity to the residents of Oke-Ola, Oke-Oyinbo, part of Idofoi, as well as, part of Idagba quarters, all in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government.
Speaking during the presentation, Hon. Olaifa, who noted that the gesture would boost power supply and socio-economic activities of the people, added that it was a way of giving back to the society and a replacement to the transformer which got burnt 11 months ago, encouraging beneficiaries to guard the transformer from vandals and ensure regular maintenance.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Oke-Ola Community Development Association (CDA), Mr. Joseph Akinyemi expressed appreciation on behalf of the communities, saying the gesture would go a long way in improving electricity supply and also reduce rural-urban drift among youths of the area.
Akinyemi added that, the presentation “was the best thing that has happened to the communities in recent time”, pledging support to the government and assured the safety of the transformer.
In a separate interview, some residents including the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Tailor (NUT), Imosokan, Ayetoro, Mr. Akeem Idowu, an Iron Bender, Mr. Jamiu Adegbenro, as well a former Councillor, Hon. Joseph Makinde, thanked the Lawmaker for attending to their request, charging other representatives to emulate the gesture.
LAGOS EXPLOSION: GOVERNORS PAY CONDOLENCE VISIT TO SANWO-OLU, DONATE N200M TO ABULE ADO RELIEF FUND
Representatives of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Saturday visited the Abule Ado explosion site in Lagos for an on-the-spot assessment of the devastating effects of recent gas explosions that claimed many lives and destroyed several properties worth billions of naira.
Led by the NGF chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the three-man team comprised the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Umar Abdullahi Ganduje and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and were received Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Fayemi expressed shock at the magnitude of devastation in comparison to the casualty figures. He thanked God that the number casualties did not exceed what was recorded, saying with what they met on ground, more lives would have been lost.
The NGF chairman praised the Lagos State Governor for his prompt response to the disaster and for setting up a relief fund that would help mitigate the hardship of the victims.
He also commended the Lagos State government for the decision to take immediate action and ensure that the issue of building on pipelines corridors are averted.
The NGF chairman however blamed the incessant explosions on the disagreement between States and Federal Government on ownership of land.
While commending the Lagos State Government for the attention given to the place, he promised that such issues would be addressed going forward.
While announcing a donation for the sum of N200 million on behalf of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Fayemi expressed satisfaction that a more decent and modern community will evolve from the misfortune.
The Governors sympathised and commiserated with those who lost loved ones and properties destroyed by the unfortunate incident and expressed hope that it never occurs again.
Earlier, Governor Sanwo-Olu took the visiting Governors round the explosion site, explaining in details what led to the disaster and how the State Government plans to avert a re-occurrence in the future.
Also in the delegation were the Director General of the NGF, Asishana Okauru and NGF’s Head, Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo.
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