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Experts applaud Nigerian Government for roadmaps, policies in Mining sector

Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development

*Industry have applauded the proactive steps the leadership of Dr. Oladele Alake, Minister for Solid Minerals Development, has been taking to address illegal mining activities in regard to the proposed security infrastructure to tackle and nip them in the bud

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has said experts commended the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals Development on its transformative plans to reposition and sanitise the mining sector of the economy towards achieving rapid economic development of the country.

ConsumerConnect reports the panelists on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme, Good Morning Nigeria” recommended that the Ministry should have a positive outlook on previous roadmaps and policies that were enunciated 2012 and 2106 respectively  to transform the sector.

Speaking during the  talk show programme, Prof. Charles Ofoegbu, former Chairman, National Think-Tank On Solid Minerals, acknowledged the policies and programmes in the roadmap which the Ministry released recently.

Prof. Ofoegbu also applauded the proactive steps that Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development, has been taking to address illegal mining activities vis-a-vis the proposed security infrastructure that will tackle and nip it in the bud.

As a way forward, the expert recommended that the Ministry should go a step further to strengthen its regulatory function, noting, this will sanitise the mining sector of the economy.

Also speaking on the programme, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, ex-Director-General of Mining Cadastre Office, in Abuja, FCT, stated that there had been roadmaps of 2012 and 2016 initiated by previous Ministers, ostensibly made to reform and advance the sector.

Prof. Garba said the Minister of Solid Minerals could consider previous roadmaps for their gainful benefits to the sector.

According to him, some of the ideas and suggestions earlier proferred in the roadmaps for the sector include initiating policies and laws to address specific challenges, security of mineral rights and permits, invest in exploration activities to generate vintage information for investors and replicating the gains, strengths of the Petroleum sector in the mining sector of the Nigerian economy.

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