Lagos State Government has taken a decisive step towards tackling any oil spillage occurrence from its exploration site to prevent environmental degradation and disruption of means of livelihood of host communities.
The State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Hon. Olawale Oluwo, who disclosed this today during an interview on a Radio Programme in Lagos, explained that the State Government has taken a proactive measure through a reliable and formidable partnership with foreign firms that are highly experienced and swift in response to oil spillage anytime it occurs.
According to him, “Everything is being done by the present administration at ensuring that host communities do not regret that oil was found in their domain because of spillages that could endanger their means of livelihood.We are doing everything to ensure that international best practices are deployed at the Aje Oil Field in Badagry being managed by Folawiyo Foundation, and other prospective oil fields.”
Speaking on the activities of miners in the State, Oluwo explained that reasonable job opportunities are being created as more people are engaging in sand dealing business at the mining sites, which are being coordinated by the Ministry to forestall illegality and unwholesome practices.
Oluwo added that the generation of 3,000 MW power by the State Government for residents will be backed by a task force to prevent vandalisation and ensure compliance by consumers.
He said, “Although consumers are expected to pay a little more for the consumption of the 3,000 MW Power Supply, it will, however, be very reliable and runs 24-hours to boost security and businesses as well as enhance the economic development of the State”.
While expressing Government desire to establish a formidable Ceramic Processing Centre in the State through preliminary studies for ceramic skill acquisition, Oluwo said more geological mappings are being conducted by the government through the Ministry in parts of State for the location of more mineral resources towards creating jobs and enhancing revenue generation in the State.