Tuesday 15 September 2020

IJESALAND MINING: IMRDF Commences Consultative Meetings With Stakeholders and Communities.....Read gist from meeting held with LGAs Chairmen and political leaders

Members of Ijesa Mineral Resources Development Forum (IMRDF), a non-governmental community initiative, primarily established to facilitate and promote best practices in mineral and mining activities in Ijesaland, has commenced their advocacy visits to all stakeholders and communities with a meeting held with political leaders and Ijesaland Local Government Areas Chairmen on Monday 14th of September, 2020 at the Ilesa Social Elites Club House. The week-long visits is to end  on Saturday 19th of September.

       Leader Kunle Odeyemi and Lady. Dupe Ajayi-Gbadebo

Leader Kunle Odeyemi led political leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Lase Longe led the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders while Hon. Isaac Adebayo led the Social Democratic Party (SDP) leaders, several party stalwarts from APC, PDP, SDP, and other political associations from all the local governments in Ijesaland were in attendance.

Photo: Elder Lowo Adebiy, Prince segun Olanibi and others

Also in attendance were Osun State Commissioner for Rural Development and Community Affairs, Prince Segun Olanibi and Elder Lowo Adebiyi, former Osun  APC  Chairman.

Speaking at the occasion, the IMRDF Chairman, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi in his opening remark highlighted the importance of Ijesaland LGAs Chairmen as the custodians of people's mandate as they were all elected and are statutorily positioned to supervise the process of re-engineering mining practices.

                 Photo: Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi

"IMRDF is desirous of actively engaging and participating with you (LGAS Chairmen) and our political leaders in ensuring that all the lofty and laudable deliverables associated with mining are felt in all the nooks and cranny of Ijesaland.

"Our message here is that every community should be prepared to organize herself to monitor, engage, report, respond and sanction individuals' behavior and practices within the community to ensure it conforms to guaranteeing safe, environmental friendly, secured, and socioeconomic benefits on a sustainable basis to the large majority members of the community." Asiwaju Fasuyi said.

VIDEO: click on the image to watch Leader Kunle Odeyemi

Leader Kunle Odeyemi in his remark appreciated Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State for appointing Ijesa sons into key political posts as he advised the forum to do their homework and planning carefully before presenting their action plans for assistance from the government.

Also, Prince Segun Olanibi advised that the IMRDF approach should be apolitical and Ijesa people need to support the government irrespective of their political affiliations.

                Photo: Prince Femi Kujembola

             Photo: Prince Segun Olanibi

Hon. Femi Kujembola, Chairman Atakumosa East LG appreciated the coming of  Segilola/Thor Exploration Company at this time as he noted that activity of artisans is not noticeable in Atakumosa East. He berated the incessant degradation of Ijesa land in many parts of Atakumosa West and Ilesa West LG areas. He was quick to inform the gathering of the advantages derivable from lending support to the activity of Segilola large scale exploration project and he also advised Ijesa sons and daughters that have means to invest into the project by buying shares.

Mr. Supo Sadiya, in his presentation submitted that every Ijesa community should see every act of illegal mining taking place within its domain as an economic sabotage to the general welfare and development of that community. 

Some of the critical issues discussed are; Community Health, Community Safety, Community Land Management, Mining Employment, Community Security,  Illegal Mining,  etc.

The IMRDF team was led by its Chairman, Asiwaju Yinka Fasuyi. Also in the IMRDF Team were the Vice Chairman 1, Mr Supo Shadiya; Vice Chairman 3, Dr Adigun Adewoye; Financial Secretary, Alhaji Lateef Bakare; General Secretary, Sir Ezekiel Ogunjuyigbe; Government Relations Adviser, Mrs Dupe Ajayi Gbadebo; Arc Ayo Osunloye; Mr Wale Idowu; Dr Segun Ojo; and Barrister Dosu Babatunde.

The local governments' Chairmen Team was led by Hon Femi Kujembola. Other Chairmen of Local Governments in attendance were Hon Folarin Fafowora; Hon Lekan Omole; Hon Nurudeen Giwa; Hon Anthony Adeboye; Hon Busuyi Makanjuola; Hon Oladipo Adeniyi; and Hon Adejoke of Obokun Local Government.

The Political Leaders were led into the consultative meeting by Chief Kunle Odeyemi, the former APC Chairman in Osun State, Elder Lowo Adebiyi, several party stalwarts from APC, PDP, SDP, and other political associations from all the local governments in Ijesaland.

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  1. IMRDF is the right step in the right direction. I have said it many times that there is an hidden secrets which is seriously affecting the progress of ijeshaland. Disunity among the ijeshas then allowed Nigeria mining corporation to dig deep into the natural resources deposited in ijeshaland. I have all this facts since 1989 and l had presented this to the then ilesha chamber of commerce and industries under the leadership of Late chief Maxwell Falomo and the then secretary Pa. Lajubutu. I single handedly published this in the Daily Sketch newspapers in 1990 with the help of their then Editor Mr Gbenga Nadi My facts are still very much intact.
    I am very happy with the emergence of IMRDF. I hope to contribute my quota voluntarily if need be.
    Ijeshaland will continue to witness a tremendous development that will put us on the global map economically. Obokun a gbe a o

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