The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has stated that his administration is eager to work with willing investors in the country who are interested in responsible gold mining in the state.
He stated this on Monday while on a facilities tour of Segilola Resources Operating Limited’s mining sites in Iperindo, Imogba, and Odo Ijesa, all in the state’s Atakunmasa East Local Government Area.
Governor Oyetola and his entourage inspected the Water Storage Dam, which is used to process raw gold, as well as the process plant area, mining pit, and sickbay for the mining company’s personnel.
The highlight of Governor Oyetola’s visit was the showcasing of unrefined gold samples mined by Segilola Resources Operating Limited.
He praised the firm’s leadership for a job well done, describing the project as a realistic step toward good governance.
The governor, who described his visit as memorable and historic because of the gold mining company’s huge achievement, said the initiative reflects President Muhammadu Buhari’s diversification program.
He praised the mining firm for keeping a positive relationship with the host community and assured them of his Administration’s unwavering support in ensuring the mining company’s success.
Governor Oyetola, who expressed his personal belief that the State of Osun’s future is secure, urged the host communities to continue to create a favorable environment for the gold mining enterprise.
Mr. Segun Lawson, the Chief Executive Officer of Segilola Operating Resources Limited, thanked the government for creating an enabling environment that allowed the project to be completed in less than eighteen months.
This, he claimed, was made possible by the state government’s unwavering support and cooperation with the industry.
The company had a beneficial impact on the host communities, according to the Chief Executive Officer, and had improved community relations.
Mr. Lawson asserted that the organization’s hiring method was non-discriminatory, claiming that the company hired over twenty percent (20%) of indigenes from the host communities.
The Governor was accompanied to the mining sites by the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Benedict Alabi; the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Akinola; Deputy Chief of Staff, Prince Abdullah Binuyo; Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade; other cabinet members and a former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. General Alani Akinrinade.