This follows the consistent movement of mini aircraft specially designed for airborne geophysical surveys in the state.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Wole Oyebamiji, the government noted that it was aware of the yellow-painted helicopter that has been flying around some parts of the State.
It explained that the exercise was designed for airborne geophysical survey to determine accurate mineral locations in the selected areas with state-of-the-art aeromagnetic mechanisms.
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.
The State Government 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.
The statement implored 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 read in part.
It would be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel had a 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.
Aircraft Surveillance: Osun State urges residents not to panic