Ogun State Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment says it will continue to address incessant increase in prices of quarry products by operators, multiple taxation and other impediments in the mining sector.
Commissioner in the Ministry, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe gave the assurance during the 3rd Stakeholders Engagement Meeting, at the Ministry’s Conference Room, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, stating that the Ministry would not relent in its efforts at addressing factors affecting the sector, as doing so would create enabling environment for mining business to thrive.
She added that the Ministry would continue to engage relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other relevant stakeholders, adding that the government was also determined to address the lack of facilitators for project financing in the purchase of haulage trucks.
The Commissioner said some of the issues raised at the last meeting have already been addressed, stating that the allegation of multiple taxation in Abeokuta North, Ijebu North and Yewa South Local Government Areas pointed out by stakeholders, as well as the ownership of a mineral-titled land challenge faced by Messrs. Monsho John Limited have all been resolved.
Mrs. Longe added that the Ministry was also addressing challenges confronting members of Tiles and Truck Drivers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State branch along Agbara/Igbesa axis, and has also engaged with relevant stakeholders to resolve allegations of harassment encountered by legitimate miners.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Mr. Olu. Ola Aikulola called on stakeholders in the mining sector, to continue to speak up on issues affecting them, adding that it would not relent in its efforts at ensuring that issues raised would be looked into, to enhance the growth of the sector.
He also called on stakeholders to ensure they keep to speed limit as stipulated by relevant agencies, stressing that there have been reports of increase in accident rates due to excessive speeding along some routes plied by miners.
Contributing, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Industry, Trade and Investment, Ms. Sola Arobieke said the government would continue to fashion out new ways to address the issues of multiple taxation and other challenges affecting stakeholders in the sector, adding that the State government needs approval from the Federal Government to be able to fix the roads within the Agbara axis.
Also speaking, Chairman, Task Force Committee, Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, Engr. Gbenga Animasaun called for the creation of a Trailers’ Park in Abeokuta, as well as a review of truck movements to enable miners convey their goods during school holidays and vacations, while the Managing Director, Monsho John Limited, Mr. Monsuru Sonola lauded the Ministry for their intervention in solving the ownership issue.