Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has spent the last six years building a foundation for a viable and self-sustaining state, that is why it would be disastrious to hand over to someone who would not continue with the governor’s programmes.
The governor’s Special Adviser on Solid Minerals, Hon. Mathew Oyedokun, stated this in Ibadan on Friday on CEOAfrica’s online TV programme, Community Today.
Oyedokun stated that apart from completing numerous projects the governor’s aim was ultimately making sure that he places the state on a path of economic sustenance by diversifying revenue sources.
He said Solid Minerals development was one of the very important diversification programmes the governor kickstarted in 2011. According to him, Solid Minerals development is capital intensive and a long term investment. The results has started to manifest.
His words: “When the governor came in, apart from the work done by former Governor Lam Adesina, there was no solid document on solid minersls development or even other means of diversifying the state’s economy left by his predecessors.
“The governor had a vision in that area and we got to work. He set up the pacesetter Mining Development Company immediately as well as the Oyo State Solid Minerals Development Agency”.
“Today, I can tell you that over 24 mineral resources have been discovered in abundant quantities in the state. It has been established that there is abundance of Gold in the state. Others include Talc, Granite, Quartz, Mica, Marble/Dolomite, Iron Stone, Gemstone and many others. He said minerals were discovered in different areas including Ona Ara, Oluyole and Egbeda.
Progress made in Solid Minerals
Oyedokun pointed out that a lot of progress has already been made.
He said: “In the past, we had few quarries in the state but today, the number of quarries in the state has doubled. Of course, one major challenge in the past was the security challenges when many of the operators were attacked by robbers. Today, the governor has improved security and we can see the effect”.
He also said that by virtue of mining going into full swing, the state has qualified for 13 percent derivation of revenue from the Federal Government.
Oke-Ogun, 2019 and Ajimobi’s successor
Having stressed that Ajimobi’s successor must be someone who shares the same vision with him, as regards his programmes, Oyedokun stated that such a successor can come from any zone in the state.
Reacting to expectations that the next governor of the state should come from Oke-Ogun zone, where he coincidentally comes from, Oyedokun stated that every candidate must appeal to all zones.
“The governor can come from anywhere, what matters is his programmes. The candidate must make friends across the state, make sure that his programmes appeal to many stakeholders including the incumbent governor” he said.
“The truth must be told. Ajimobi holds the ace to who succeeds him. He won’t support anyone who would rubbish what he has spent years to build. So, his support is also important”.