The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, has deployed Oyo State’s Mine Inspectorate to determine the cause of the explosion that rocked Ibadan, which caused the death of at least 5 people and damage to over 50 houses.
In a statement that was released by the ministry through the Special Assistant on Media to Alake, Segun Tomori, it was revealed that Alake has been working with security agencies to determine the cause of the blast, as well as putting mechanisms in place to ensure that such a situation does not occur again.
The Media Special Assistant said, “Already, the Federal Government has ordered forensic investigations to determine the real cause of the blast, the explosives type that triggered it and the circumstances leading to the unfortunate incident that led to loss of lives and properties.
“Alongside the statement issued by the Minister, personally signed by him, to convey his deepest sympathies to the people of Oyo State, he has also been at the forefront of working with the security agencies to unearth the cause and put mechanisms in place to avert a recurrence.
“For the avoidance of doubt, it is important to point out that the present administration has not issued mining license to any one or entity in Oyo state so far.”
Tomori, in the statement, also stated that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had gone a step further to address the insecurity in the nation by creating an interministerial committee led by Alake himself.
The statement read, “Just last Wednesday, President Bola Tinubu went a step further to holistically address insecurity around our nation’s natural resources by constituting an inter-ministerial committee led by Dr. Alake to come up with a blueprint to effectively and efficiently secure solid minerals, forests, and marine economy, which constitutes Nigeria’s natural resources.
“The committee held a maiden meeting last Friday and has been working round the clock to draw up strategies of achieving the presidential mandate. In the coming days, there will be an expanded meeting with heads of security agencies, which will assist the committee in getting the requisite inputs that will guide it in turning in a robust report to the President.
“The Minister assures Nigerians that the Federal Government is committed to addressing challenges from the root, hence its resolve to await the outcome of painstaking forensic investigations on the Ibadan explosion before making a definite pronouncement.
“Alake believes that in sensitive situations like this, the security agencies should be allowed to do their job, as against acting on speculations. That way, the people are better informed, culprits can be brought to book, and concerted efforts can be put in place to avoid a recurrence.”