Expressing deep concern over the detrimental impact of illegal mining activities on the socio-economic development of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Engr. Omoniyi Olaloye, the Director of the Department of Solid Minerals and Allied Matters in the FCT Administration, has emphasized the need for a robust collaboration between the Department and key stakeholders, including the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).
During a courtesy visit to the office of the Executive Secretary FCDA, Engr. Shehu Hadi-Ahmad, the Director stressed that this cooperation is vital to effectively curtail the activities of illegal miners operating in the Nation’s Capital.
Engr. Olaloye commended the FCDA’s previous oversight of solid minerals and mining activities in the FCT, acknowledging the Executive Secretary’s efforts in addressing the challenges posed by unauthorized miners. He expressed gratitude for the support provided by Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Permanent Secretary of the FCT Administration, in establishing the new Department of Solid Minerals and Allied Matters.
The Director revealed that prior to the establishment of the new Department, the Engineering Services Department’s Geology specialized Division handled mining and quarry matters and other concerns related to the development of the solid minerals sector in the FCT.
In response, the Executive Secretary of FCDA congratulated the newly formed department and its pioneering staff, particularly Director Engr. Omoniyi Olaloye, who will lead the Department’s mandate.
He stressed that illegal mining poses a serious challenge and threat to the peace and development of the Territory and called for a decisive approach to address the issue.
Last year, the FCT Administration established the Department of Solid Minerals and Allied Matters with a clear mandate to handle all mining-related affairs. Moving forward, the collaboration between the Department and the FCDA management is seen as a crucial step in effectively combating illegal mining and promoting responsible mining practices in the FCT.”