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Oyo State Government to extract value of mineral resources to boost Internally Generated Revenue

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has declared that his administration’s determination to extract value from mineral resources abundant in the Oke Ogun area of the state, adding that the competitive advantage of the area in terms of agriculture to boost  agribusiness and the state’s Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, remains on course.

Penpushing reports that this was contained in statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, which was made available to journalists on Monday evening in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The Governor it is recalled was in Oke Ogun to inspect ongoing works at the headquarters of the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA), Saki, and explained that Oke Ogun is a treasure base for Oyo State

Penpushing further reports that, he assured that his government will treat it as such, highlighted some of the on-going projects aimed at developing the zone in line with the economic expansion agenda of the administration.

The Governor pointed out that, the on-going 68-kilometre Moniya-Iseyin Road, the on-going OYSADA Complex construction, the on-going Saki Township Road construction, as well as the location of the 72 Mobile Police Squadron base in Ago-Are, were some of the efforts to develop the zone as a treasure base of the state.

Penpushing also reports that Makinde added that he has already signed an agreement that all the mineral resources in Oke Ogun should be mapped so that the state will be able to extract value for itself and the Oke Ogun region.

The Governor equally called on the traditional rulers to continue to support his government, stating that the progress being experienced by the state is an indication of the fact that the traditional rulers and other leaders were doing what they are supposed to do.

“Apart from the fact that I came to greet Kabiyesi and other paramount chiefs that are here seated, I pray that we shall live to see the coming year and shall be a fulfilling one for us’, Makinde said.

Penpushing reports that the Okere of Saki, Oba Khalid Olabisi in his response appreciated the Governor and his entourage, stating that the Makinde administration has done many things to make people happy, especially in Saki.

“On Saki Township Road, we are gradually seeing light at the end of the tunnel. The speed at which the project is being done is commendable. Really speaking, in the Oke Ogun axis of the state, we have so many things to thank Governor Makinde for’,he stated.

“If you have observed, our axis is the only zone that is backward in Oyo State, which is not supposed to be so. I am saying this because we are blessed with many mineral resources. We just want someone that can support us a little bit. And who will? It is actually the government.”

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