Effects of Marble Exploration Physical Development of Igbeti Community in Oyo State, Nigeria


Felix Kayode Omole


This paper investigates the effecte of mining activities on physical development of Igbeti, Nigeria. Field survey was conducted in the mining sites as well as in the town via the use of questionnaire and interview to elicit information on the negative effects of mining on the host community. The identified environmental and physical problems include devastated land, air, noise pollution and vibration. Another major problem identified was that of lack of unity in the community, which is adversely affecting physical development of the town. The paper therefore recommends that physical planning strategies such as preparation of development plan for the town and resettlement scheme for those whose buildings were adversely affected by mining activities. Since implementation is a pivot to success of any good plan and policy, It is recommended that various government agencies, corporate bodies and the public should be involved in the exercise.