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The Federal Government has directed security agencies to conclude their review of the Ibadan mining explosion report within two weeks.

The Federal Government has directed security agencies to conclude their review of the Ibadan mining explosion report within two weeks.

The decision came after an expanded inter-ministerial committee meeting, chaired by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake.

The committee, established by President Bola Tinubu, aims to create a blueprint for securing the nation’s natural resources, including solid minerals, forests, and marine economy.

During the meeting, collaboration between security agencies, local communities, and stakeholders was emphasized to combat illegal activities in mining and ensure the safety of operations.

Minister Alake stressed the significance of a secure environment for miners and mining activities, aligning with the government’s development agenda.

Addressing the security challenges in the mining sector, Alake mentioned ongoing investigations in Ibadan, awaiting the final forensic analysis report.

He highlighted the inclusion of critical security agencies in discussions, aiming to develop a comprehensive plan for securing natural resources.

The meeting concluded with a plan to reconvene in two weeks to review the proposed security plan, involving the formation of necessary outfits or units.

Key attendees included the Ministers of Environment, Marine and Blue Economy, Defence, and Interior, along with representatives from security agencies such as the Inspector-General of Police and Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State government has established a donation platform to support victims of the Ibadan explosion, ensuring contributions directly reach the affected individuals.

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