Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has called on the Federal Government to include the Benue State Government on the list of states to benefit from the 13% derivation revenue funds as a solid mineral-producing state.
The Benue State Governor made the call in Makurdi, the State capital on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, before the State Executive Council meeting commenced.
Ortom said Benue State has abundant mineral resources such as cement, and zinc.
Also, he said there is a large deposit of gold in the state, precisely in Kwande local government area of the state.
The Governor said because of the abundant natural resources in the State, the Federal Government should designate the state as a non-oil producing state to also derive maximum benefits from its natural resources.
Meanwhile, he said the state is working on regulating the activities of mining in the state. He further stated that the State we’ll secure a license from the Federal Government to regulate mining activities within State.
Relatedly, the Governor directed the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals to facilitate the process of acquiring the license.
According to the Governor, the exploration of more mineral resources within the state has already commenced, adding that it would boost the internally generated revenue profile of the state.