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FG moves to secure natural resources as presidential committee meets service chiefs

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The Federal Government has intensified efforts to secure the nation’s natural resources as the presidential inter-ministerial committee held an expanded meeting with service chiefs.

The inter-ministerial committee, chaired by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, met with the security chiefs on Thursday in Abuja.

Last week at the Federal Executive Council (FEC), President Bola Tinubu established an inter-ministerial committee to draw up a blueprint for securing the country’s natural resources, including solid minerals, forests, and marine economy. The committee held its maiden meeting last Friday.

Giving highlights of the expanded meeting, Alake emphasised that the committee’s meeting with service chiefs that cut across all security agencies and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) was a follow up on the earlier one to get inputs for developing a workable strategy to effectively secure Nigeria’s natural resources, in line with the Presidential mandate.

“Today, we have deliberated exhaustively. We have covered all the issues, all the grounds. Certain decisions have been made, and there is going to be another follow-up meeting because the security agencies are going to give us the framework of execution of our mandate. That has been the crux of today’s deliberations. The security agencies, the service chiefs, ONSA, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) are going to form a smaller committee to give us the workplan, execution modalities and we will be meeting in another fortnight”, the minister added.

Restating the position of the federal government on the tragic Ibadan explosion, Alake stressed that the report of the ongoing forensic investigations by security agencies is being awaited before necessary action is taken.

Present at the meeting were Minister of Environment, Mr. Balarabe Abass Lawal; that of Marine and Blue Economy Minister, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola; his Defence counterpart, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru: Interior Minister, Hon. Tunji Olubunmi-Ojo and his Police Affairs (state) counterpart, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim.

Security agencies were represented by IGP Kayode Egbetokun; Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr. Ahmed Audi; representatives of Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Naval staff, Air-Vice Marshall Abdulkadir Abubakar and Rear Admiral I. Abbas, respectively among others.

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