Board of Trustees, BoT, and the National Executive Council, NEC, Miners Association of Nigeria, MAN, have vowed to unravel perpetrators behind the Tuesday night explosion that rocked parts of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The BoT and NEC made their resolve known in a statement signed by the National President, MAN, ‘Dele Ayanleke, and the National Publicity Secretary, MAN, Engr Fatai Jimoh respectively while expressing their condolences to the affected people by the blast, and also expressing deep appreciation to the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Oluseyi Makinde, for his prompt response to the emergency situation by facilitating immediate succour to the victims acknowledged that the explosion was occasioned by illegally stockpiling of explosives in a residential property.
The statement reads in part “on our part, we hereby pledge our support to all initiatives aimed at unraveling the perpetrators of this crime, with the view to bringing them to book in order to serve as deterrents to other criminal elements among us, who paint operators in the Solid Minerals Sector in bad light. By this publication, we further affirm our commitments to the continued collaboration with all tiers of government, their agencies and all stakeholders to end all forms of illegality in the Solid Minerals value-chain, in order to bequeath to the present and future generations of our nation, a sector that can provide the much desired pivot for the diversification and broadening of our national economy.”
However, the association warned members to be careful with some people who do not mean well for the industry. “We also call on all our members, across our various chapters, to be wary of those they partner with, and to expose all shady characters, parading themselves as operators in the sector, to the appropriate authorities in order to save the sector from every form of illegality and criminality”, it added.