The paramount ruler of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, on Wednesday urged Osun State governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola to ban mining activities in the state.
He made the appeal when he led obas, chiefs and political leaders in his domain on a visit to the governor to congratulate him on his victory at the Supreme Court.
Aromolaran said “it is hoped that you will assist us to rid Ijesaland of the unwanted visitors in the guise of gold miners whose influx into Ijesaland has been giving Ijesas great panic, fear and embarrassment. We want the governor and your government to put a ban on gold mining indefinitely.”
He also implored the governor to give “favourable attention” to his area in terms of development adding that appointment of traditional rulers in his domain without his consent as prescribed by Chiefs’ Law should stop to avoid rancour and other social problems.
Ijesaland hosts the major mining sites in the state where many of the displaced miners from Zamfara State are now operating.
Oba Aromolaran noted that the influx of illegal miners had led to the displacement of farmers whose farmlands and landed property were being destroyed by the activities of these miners.
He promised that the traditional rulers would continue to lend their voices on things that will strengthen peaceful coexistence, unity and stability in the state.
Responding, Oyetola said his administration would not relent in his efforts to stamp out illegal miners from the state, just as he commended the efforts of the royal fathers at curbing crime and criminality.
He added that “the issue of illegal mining has reached the front burner and it is time to nip ugly incidents in the bud. We are working assiduously to keep our state safe and to rescue our land from being damaged by illegal miners.
“There is no doubt in the fact that the perpetrators are destroying our land which could have been used for farming. We are working so hard to come up with a law that will be regulating mining activities in the state. This will further attest to our commitment to the welfare of our people.”
“We understand the danger posed by this act and we are assuring our people of prompt action”, Oyetola remarked.