By Usman Shuaibu
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite, has expressed willingness to collaborate with stakeholders in the sector towards re-positioning of the mining sector to actualise the diversification agenda of the present administration.
The Minister stated this when he received a high-powered delegation from Mining Association of Nigeria (MAN), as well as members of Price Water Cooper (PWC), PW and Infrastructure Partnership African Development (iPAD), who paid him a courtesy visit on him at the Ministry’s Headquarters on Tuesday, 3rd September, 2019.
He noted that strong collaboration and support of all stakeholders is needed in harnessing the sector’s potentials to generate revenue and contribute to nation’s Gross Domestic Productivity (GDP).
He assured that the Ministry will take concrete steps to address the earlier raised issues affecting the industry in order to broaden the range of opportunities available for the citizenry and create national wealth to fulfil the poverty alleviation plan of the Federal Government.
Speaking in the same vein, the Minister of State, Dr.Uchechukwu Ogah, appreciated them for identifying with the Ministry and urged them to embrace the industry as a key sector that will drive Nigeria to the next level.
Dr. Ogah also appealed to the PWC to deliberate on best ways to de-risk the industry in order to increase the country’s GDP, adding that the Ministry will provide necessary enabling environment that will enhance investment in the sector.
In his address, the former President of MAN, Alhaji Shehu Sani, noted that the essence of their visit was to congratulate the Ministers on their appointment to pilot the affairs of the Ministry.
In his contribution, the new MAN’s President, Alhaji Kabir Mohammadu Kankari, acknowledged the efforts of former Ministers, Dr.Fayemi and Engr. Bawa Bwari, towards revitalising the sector.
In a vote of thanks, the Director (ASM) Mr. Patrick Ojeka, appreciated the visiting team for their participation in the discourse, adding that as key industry players, they should strive hard to develop the sector for national growth.