Kwara State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi has urged residents of Kwara State not to panic as aircrafts will be flying at low altitudes in the coming days in some parts of the state.
He made this known when he received a delegation of the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) led by its Director General, Dr Abdulrazaq Garba on a courtesy visit on Tuesday.
“Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development will on June 21 commence airborne geophysical survey in seven local government areas of the state, with the aircrafts deployed for the missions flying at low altitudes.
“The programme, which is planned to take place across 19 states of the country over the next few months, is organised through the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (MINDIVER), a World Bank-assisted project,” a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Modupe Joel read.
Garba, DG, NGSA explained that the first phase of the project would commence at the Ilorin International Airport, saying the Airborne Geophysical Survey is designed to generate information about potential mineral resources in a particular area which could hasten investments.
The mission will take place in Asa, Ilorin West, Moro, Oyun, Irepodun, Offa, and Oke Ero, the DG said, adding that the information to be generated would be beneficial because mining sector depends on geo-science information.
“Our mission here is to essentially notify you of the intention of the Federal Government to carry out Airborne Geophysical Survey and solicit for your support in the areas of security and information dissemination,” Garba told the Deputy Governor.
Responding, the Deputy Governor said the project aligns with the AbdulRazaq led administration’s vision in diversifying the state economy and changing its narrative from civil service state to an industrialised one.
Alabi assured the team of the state government support to ensure the realisation of the project.
He appealed to the people of the state to remain calm and go about their business wherever they notice the commencement of the exercise.