Ondo State Government has expressed its readiness to leverage on the exploration of bitumen (oil sands or tar sands) in the state, so as to stop bitumen importation into the country, The Guardian reports.
The state Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperative, Timilehin Adelegbe, noted that the bitumen deposits in the state are the second to the largest in the world, lamenting that the delay in exploration was due to insincerity and lack of political will by past administrations. It would be recalled that in July, the Minister of Mines and Steels Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi announced the award of an oil block license to the Ondo State Government for bitumen exploration.
The Commissioner stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to the exploration and eventual take-off of the massive project in the South Senatorial District of the state. Adelegbe also iterated that the state government had begun work to maximally utilize the bitumen resources to supply the 6,000,000 MTs of asphalt imported for roads and other construction projects annually; and to also export it globally.