The Federal Government revealed that a provision of land has been made in Ibadan, Oyo State capital for the construction of a gemstone market.
Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development disclosed this in Ibadan today, noting that development was an initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari‘s led government.
According to him, the move was an effort to formalize gemstone business which has become an international business.
Adegbite revealed that he was handed two hectares of land documents donated for that purpose by the Oyo State Government.
The land is located at Ojoo, along Ibadan – Oyo road, in Akiinyele Local Government Area of the state, Naija News understands.
“This is an initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari; part of the post-COVID-19 palliatives that is being done by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
“Its aim is to develop the activities in the sector within the six zones in the country. “For the Southwest zone, we chose to promote gemstone trading, which is already going on in Ibadan – as an informal market in Ojoo area of the state.” the minister said.
Adegbite added that the market would enhance gemstone trading and be beneficial to the Federal, state, and local governments. “Also, it will spur activities for people, enhance the market, at the same time improve the local economy and also generate revenue for the government, both at the state and Federal,” he noted.
Adegbite acknowledged the support of the state government to make things move, “through the donation of the land for the project.
“We have the land now and can begin to do what is necessary: we need to do the architecture, planning, and the construction of the market. Then, move the informal market at Ojoo to this place after its completion,” Adegbite added.
The minister further assured that funding for the project was already available and that the ministry would try its best to finish up with the project for inauguration before the end of 2021.
In their separate remarks to the development; the state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources – Mr Seun Ashamu and the Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Solid Mineral Development Agency – Mr Abiodun Oni, unanimously noted that “the project would complement the diversification plans of the Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration. The duo also said that the establishment of the gemstone market would surely boost the internally generated revenue of the state.”
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