Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has inaugurated the Board of Nigerian Marble Mining Company, charging the members to attract investments to the Company within the shortest time.
Governor Makinde, who gave the assurance that his administration would give the Board the needed support to ensure that its operations are elevated from the subsistence level, maintained that mineral development is one of the core areas of focus in his administration’s economic expansion drive.
The Governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, stated this while inaugurating the Board at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, on Friday, June 5, 2020.
The members of the Board include Engrs Frank Odom and Imam A. Ganiyu (representatives of the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development); Dr Jadesola Lakulo-Sodipe, Chief Jacob Gbadebo Adetoro and Chief Mrs. C.J. Aremu (representatives of the Asamu family of Igbeti).
Others are Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Barr. Oluwaseun Asamu, Executive Chairman of the Mineral Development Agency, Mr Abiodun Oni and the Director-General of Oyo State Investment and Public-Private Partnership Agency, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi (representatives of Oyo State Government) and the Chairman of Olorunsogo Local Government, Igbeti.
In his speech, Governor Makinde charged the Board to change the narrative of the Company, noting that the State takes its environment seriously.
He said: “I want to ask this Board that this should be taken seriously. You need to, within the shortest possible time, try to bring in investments into the Company and I give you the assurance that Oyo State will give you the needed support to ensure that the operation of the Nigerian Marble Company is elevated from the subsistence level where it is right now. The link between Oyo State and Igbeti Marble is something that they know worldwide but we have not been able to do much in terms of expanding the company’s financial base, in terms of employment of a lot of our people from the catchment area, and setting a real target for ourselves.”
While congratulating members of the Board, Governor Makinde noted that they have a lot of work ahead of them; adding that this Government is ready to change the narrative of the Company and desires to see Igbeti Marble back on the world map.
Speaking on the environmental impact of the Company, Governor Makinde charged the Board to be proactive in ensuring that the Company protects the environment it operates in, warning that the Company must put in place necessary measures to restore the environment where possible.