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Ministry Of Defence, Solid Minerals Partner To Secure Mining Fields



Joel Ajayi

In a show of solidarity, the Ministry of Defence will collaborate with the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development on securing the mining fields across the country to make the sector realize its goal of contributing substantially to the gross domestic product and increasing revenue accruable to coffers of the government.

The Minister of  Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru, and his counterpart, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, Minister of State Defence; on a courtesy visit gave this assurance while answering questions from newsmen.

Alhaji Badaru said:” The purpose of the visit by the two of us is to discuss how we can provide security in the mining areas, we are working to provide Security on the farms; as well as provide Security in the mining sector, to make the country earn the much need foreign currency; mining sector is critical to help rejuvenate the economy”.

Responding to the initiative of creating mining police by the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, the Minister of Defence lauded the concept, assuring it will receive the necessary boost from the military. He said ” we have to clear the territory as a military to ensure safety. When the Mining Police come, they can take it up from there and continue to provide security in those mining areas ”.

In his comments, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Oladele Alake reaffirmed: ” The main essence is to secure our minerals sector. I have been saying it, even to foreign and local investors. That we need to secure our mineral sector so that the operators both local and foreign can have an atree and unfettered atmosphere to operate so that we can derive maximum benefits from these God-given resources. And I have been saying that I am working in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence, inter-military agencies are involved,  all the  security architecture that we are reinvigorating.”

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Leadership: Power Rotation in Edo State will bring more Unity, fairness-Edo Vibrant Volunteers



Jeph Ajayi
A group known  as Edo Vibrant Volunteers has called for a rotating leadership positions among different regions or groups within our state saying that  the rotation  will no doubt  promote unity, fairness, and a sense of belonging among all citizens. 

In statement jointly signed by Amb Charity OsagieCoordinator, Prince Smart Okosun Dep. Leader, Chief Mrs Lilian Efe Secretary, Dr. Mrs Edith Okojie Woman Leader and Chief Emsaun IkaMember on Tuesday.

According to the statement,  we write to respectfully express our perspective regarding the issue of power rotation in our esteemed state. 

“While we deeply respect your position and the traditions that have guided our community for generations, we believe it is essential to consider the broader principles of democracy and inclusivity in governance.

“As we strive for progress and development in our state, it is crucial to ensure that every segment of our society feels represented and empowered. 

“Power rotation serves as a mechanism to foster inclusivity and equal opportunity for all citizens, regardless of their background or affiliation.

“By rotating leadership positions among different regions or groups within our state, we can promote unity, fairness, and a sense of belonging among all citizens. 

“This approach also allows for the equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, which are essential for sustainable development and social cohesion.”

The statement added that “Furthermore, embracing the principle of power rotation aligns with the values of democracy and participatory governance, where the voice of every individual matters and contributes to the collective welfare of our society. 

“It fosters transparency, accountability, and the ability to address the diverse needs and concerns of our people effectively.

“We understand that change can be challenging, especially when it involves longstanding traditions and beliefs. However, we believe that embracing diversity and adaptability is essential for the progress and prosperity of our state. 

“By embracing power rotation, we can move forward as a more united and inclusive community, where every citizen has the opportunity to contribute to our shared success.
“We respectfully urge the good citizens of Edo State to reconsider their stance on this matter and to engage in open dialogue with stakeholders from all walks of life. 

“Together, we can work towards a future where our state thrives as a shining example of democracy, fairness, and unity.

“Thank you for considering our perspective, and we  look forward to a lasting solution that will foster the growth of our State. Thus a new Edo is possible”

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