Alake spoke when he received Biodun Oyebanji, governor of Ekiti, in his office in Abuja.
He said the federal government is committed to partnering with states to reform the mining sector with a view to ensuring maximum benefits for host communities and accruable revenue for government.
While speaking, Oyebanji expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for appointing an illustrious son of Ekiti as the helmsman of the solid minerals ministry.
He pointed out that Alake is the state’s best choice that has been using his vantage position to advance the cause of Ekiti.
The governor emphasised the imperative of collaborating with the federal government on mining sector reforms for economic development of federating units.
” The other reason why I came is to discuss how Ekiti can partner with the Minister to ensure that we key into his vision,” Oyebanji said.
“It is in the interest of states to collaborate because it is a win-win situation. Any discerning state that want to develop their domain must key into the mining sector.
“I see a lot of opportunities for sub-nationals. He is trying to democratise the space, and it will create wealth.
“It will create jobs, and it will increase security. So, i don’t see how any state will not partner with the ministry because solid minerals is the new oil.”