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Obaseki Spits Fire, Threatens Sanctions On Issuance Of Illegal Mining License

……Says Edo Is Not Banana Republic

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

The Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has threatened to dish out adequate sanctions to federal government mining officers in the state involved in issuing of illegal authorization (license) to operators of borrow pits in the Obagie N’ Evbosa axis, in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the State, thereby posing a threat to the community and by extension, to the state.

He gave the warning during an inspection tour of the borrow pit site at Obagie ‘N Evbosa, with other members of the State Executive Council.

The governor, who was surprised by the extent of illegal activities going on in the site, said the city is under environmental threat, stressing that his administration will do everything possible to stop all those illegally mining sands in Edo State.

He described as illegal and illicit, the activities of the borrow bit operators, assuring that his administration will do everything possible to put a stop to the acts,

“This people don’t care about law and order. They don’t have respect for the government. We issued a statement warning people operating the borrowed pits to desist until we agreed on the areas that can be borrowed.

“From what we have seen today, it is like these operators have no respect and they are challenging the government. Government will show its full might and force. This is threatening the environment. If we continue this way and at this rate, we will lose areas and communities. The National Transmission Company issued a warning that even transmission lines are being threatened because people are borrowing and taking sands around areas that are hosting national infrastructure.

“You can see what is going on here. This is illegal and illicit. As a government, we will do everything possible to put a stop to it. We are issuing this and sending this as a warning to the Federal mining officers in the State who permit this and give approval and authorization that we would arrest and deal with them in Edo State”, Obaseki said.

He continued “This is not a banana republic and we can’t just come out here to destroy our environment this way. In the next few years, people in these communities will begin to experience landslides and mudslides because of the way these mining activities are being carried out.

“This is not right. We can’t continue to do this to ourselves. Our City is under threat and this government will do all to stop all those illegally mining sands here.”

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