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OAU denies issuing mining leases, agreements

OAU denies issuing mining leases, agreements

Claims of issuance of mining licences for mining activities on the campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, has been denied by the institution.

The university management also denied that it has entered into any form of leases and agreement with the illegal miners.

The university management made this known in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju on Saturday in Osogbo.

Olarewaju disclosed that university upon becoming aware of the illegal mining actives has written a formal complaints to the appropriate government authorities.

He also added that the OAU management was using the opportunity to inform members of the public that the alleged claims by the illegal miners of having the consent of the institution to mine on its land was false. 

"It has come to the knowledge of the University Administration that some individuals, groups, and or companies have made the claim that they have licences to carry on mining activities on the University land at Ile-Ife, and that they have the consent of the University, in the form of leases and agreements, in that respect.

"While the University has, since becoming aware of the illegal activities of these miners, written a formal complaint to the appropriate government authorities, it is equally important to inform the general public that the claim of these trespassers are totally false.

"The University therefore wishes to use this medium to inform the general public, especially our alumni and other stakeholders, that the University did not give any consent to any individual, group, company or association to obtain any license to carry out mining activities on its land.  

"Furthermore, the University did not, at any time, sign any agreement with any individual, company or group for the purpose of mining activities on its land.

"We wish to assure the concerned members of the University, stakeholders and members of the general public that the University is taking all lawful steps to stop the activities of these trespassers, which constitute devastating environmental hazard to the University estate and are most embarrassing," the statement read.

Olarewaju also assured that the complaint by the university management was refund f the necessary attention from the appropriate federal authorities.



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