Osun State Government has urged residents of the state not to be panic over the flying around of Low Altitude Aircraft Surveillance.
The yellow and blue aircraft with number ZS-XAZ confirmed by our correspondent was seen flying around the Osun State capital, Osogbo on Wednesday afternoon.
This has caused panic to majority of the state residents as the Osun July 16 governorship election is around the corner.
But the state government while reacting to this through a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Prince Wole Oyebamiji said the government was aware of the yellow helicopter that has been flying round some parts of the State.
Oyebamiji explained that helicopter is an exercise designed for airborne geophysical survey to determine accurate mineral locations in the selected areas with state-of-the-art aeromagnetic mechanisms.
Blaze Newz gathered that Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel had few days ago, through its Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification (MinDiver) Project, announced its readiness to embark on a 16 weeks sensitization campaign in 19 states of the federation.
The affected States are: Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti, Kwara, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kogi, Cross-River, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Taraba, Bauchi, Niger, Benue, Enugu and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Kwara, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kogi, Cross-River, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Taraba, Bauchi, Niger, Benue, Enugu and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The Osun SSG further disclosed that the exercise is being conducted across 112 Local Government Areas within the said 19 states which had informed the need for the aircraft to fly at low altitude.
He, however, enjoined the residents to continue to go about their lawful activities as adequate environmental safety measures have been put in place with full collaboration of the necessary security stakeholders to ensure a seamless process in the State.
“This exercise embarked upon by the Federal Government is designed to obtain airborne geophysical data which are essential documents of the National Geological Infrastructure, as they provide objective information on the spatial distribution of the geological information and tectonics,” the statement added.
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