The reason behind the strange yellow aircraft flying around Ibadan, Oyo State capital and it’s metropolis has been revealed.
Recall that OyoAffairs.net had earlier reported that some residents of Ibadan have been in a state of fear and panic, over a strange yellow aircraft flying at a very low level in major areas of the city which has called the attention of the masses.
A claim by a netizen further stated that he is not sure if anyone who stays in Ibadan had not sighted the yellow aircraft.
A post on social media clearing the air and allaying the fears of the masses noted that the aircraft is part of the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Mine and Steel in actualising a project.
The post read:
“DON’T BE SCARED OVER STRANGE AIRCRAFT FLYING AT LOW LEVEL IN IBADAN”.
A circular was released by the Ministry of Mine and Steel Development months back, notifying the general public that the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification (MINDIVER) project, a World Bank assisted project under the Ministry of Mine and Steel Development will embark on an Airborne Geophysical Survey Activity in Nineteen (19) states of the federation (covering 112 local government areas) to determine accurate mineral location using the modern-day aeromagnetic mechanism.
The states to be covered by the survey include Kwara, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, and Ebonyi. Others are Enugu, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Bauchi, and the F.C.T
The minister stated that the survey aircraft will be measuring the minor variation in the earth’s magnetic fields and gamma radiation in the soil.
It is a positive technique that does not involve sending out any signal or sound waves into the ground and therefore remains a very safe aerial survey.
The ministry in the statement, therefore, called on the state and local government that would be covered by this survey not to panic, either as a result of the loud noise of the aircraft due to the low flying altitude maintained by the aircraft or the pattern of movement of the aircraft.