His Royal Highness, Adegbemiro Akinbuwa, the Oloja of Agbabu – Ikale land and his team including Lord Omowole Omogoroye (Omo-Omo) were in Abuja to solicit support from the Federal Government and Ikale indigenes in Abuja.
Kabiyesi’s visit which focuses on the massive development of Ikale land also charged Federal Government to compel investors or Mineral title holders in Agbabu and all Ikale communities to enter into community development agreement with Ikales, the land owners.
The team visited the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steels Development; and the Nigeria Mining Cadastral Office, Abuja to emphasize landowners’ consent and mineral resources (Bitumen) exploration and exploitation within Ikale land in Okitipupa and Irele Local Government Areas of Ondo State.
Oloja Adegbemiro said, “it has come to the knowledge of the Obas and the good people of Ikale land that the Federal Government in line with the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act had granted several Mineral titles including Mining leases to some Companies or Organisation to explore and or exploit Mineral Resources within the said Ikale land without the knowledge and consent of the Ikales.
“Ikale people wish to inform the Hon. Minister that even though, the Ikales are not opposing the Federal Government decision to issue Mineral title(s) to any person or body of persons within their land, however, it is their position that, in the course of grant or issuance of the Mineral titles, the Government is enjoined to adhere strictly to due process of law, as prescribed in the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007 and the Regulations made under it”
“It is germane at this juncture to bring to the knowledge of the Hon. Minister that, most of the area where Bitumen deposit is situated or located in Ondo State, falls squarely within Ikale land,” he said.
His team also paid the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu a courtesy visit, to canvas for government support on security in Ikale land and its environs.
They also reached out to prominent sons and daughters of Ikale enclaves residing in Abuja to drum support towards the development of Ikale land.
The Oloja said, “I want to plead that you should try come home to invest. It will bring development to our land. Also, those that are still in active service should not forget their father’s land. They should use every available opportunity at their disposal to influence the development of Ikale land.”
Among those visited were: Barr. Akin Arikawe OON (the President of Ikale Progressive Association, Abuja) Barr. Akeremale Abayomi (CP (RTD)), Barr. Festus Kayode Idepefo, and some Ikale indigenes at the directorate cadres in Federal Ministries such as Mr Stephen O. Awoseyi, Mr Pius Adewinle, Mr Funsho Akinlonu and a host of others.
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