Ayodele Fayose, the governor of the Ekiti state, has challenged new minister in Muhammadu Buhari’s government Kayode Fayemi.
The incumbent governor congratulated his predecessor, Fayemi, and advised him to work for commercial exploration of the abundant solid mineral resources in Ekiti state.
Fayose in a statement unveiled by his spokesman, Lere Olayinka, noted that Buhari must have considered the need for commercial exploration of the solid minerals spread across towns and villages in Ekiti state before arriving at the choice of Fayemi as Minister of Solid Minerals.
The governor said: “ Ekiti has solid minerals like clay kaolin, cassiterite, tin ore, columbite, bauxite (alluminium ore), foundry sand and charconite granite.
“Even in Isan-Ekiti, Fayemi’s hometown, there is clay kaolin that can be used for abrasive, plastics, ceramics ware, pharmaceuticals, textiles, fertilizers, white tiles and insulator-ware pencils.
“Now that the federal government is talking about diversification of the economy, Fayemi should use his position to assist Ekiti State in harnessing its solid mineral resources for the economic benefit of the state and Nigeria.
“I therefore congratulate Fayemi for this appointment and thank President Buhari for the appointment.
“It is my prayers that God, in His infinite mercies will grant him (Fayemi) the wisdom and strength to use the new position for the betterment of Ekiti state in particular and Nigeria in general.”