The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake says Ekiti State is capable of contributing significantly to the Federal Government’s quest to make solid minerals sector, a major revenue earner for the nation.
Alake, who spoke while playing host to Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji in his office, said the preponderance of natural resources in the state underscored its importance to the development of the solid mineral sector.
The Minister 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.
He asserted that the Minister is the State’s best choice that has been using his vantage position to advance the cause of Ekiti State.
The governor emphasised the imperative of collaborating with the federal government 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.