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Mining Sector: Securing Nigeria’s natural resources is core mandate of inter-ministerial parley –Alake

L-R: Honourable Minister Balarabe Abbas Lawal (Environment); Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim (Minister of State Police Affairs); Dr. Oladele Alake of Solid Minerals Development; Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, MON, mni, Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, H.E. Adegboyega Oyetola; and Minister of Interior Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, at the Inter-ministerial Security Meeting on Securing Nigeria’s Natural Resources in Abuja, FCT Photo: State House

*Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development, explains the Presidential mandate and outcome of the maiden meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee, embracing Ministers for Defence, Interior, Marine and Blue Economy, and others on securing Nigeria’s natural resources

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

As the Federal Government is set to reposition and maximise  the mining sector of the economy, Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development, has thrown more light on the outcome of the maiden meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee held Friday, January 19, 2024, in Abuja, FCT.

ConsumerConnect reports President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had constituted the Inter-ministerial Committee at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the State House, Abuja, to cross-fertilise ideas and brainstorm on modalities of achieving the presidential mandate of designing a blueprint for securing natural resources in the West African country.

Segun Tomori, Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, stated that Dr. Alake, at the maiden meeting of the Committee members Friday, said: “We are here to deliberate on mainly the issue of security around Nigeria’s natural resources, as directed by the President. “The President set up this committee. Solid minerals, marine economy, and forests all constitute Nigeria’s natural resources.”

The Minister noted: “So, all the relevant Ministers are here to deliberate on how to efficiently and effectively curtail all the atrocious, nefarious activities of either illegal mining, deforestation, or pilfering in the marine economy.”

He equally disclosed that the Ministers cross-fertilised ideas and brainstormed on modalities of achieving the presidential mandate of coming up with a blueprint for securing the country’s natural resources.

The Minister said: “We will be having another meeting, an expanded one, comprising of all the other critical security agencies with a view to now finalising strategies and presenting a report to Mr. President.”

In his remarks on activating the presidential mandate, H.E. Abubakar Badaru, Honourable Minister for Defence, stressed the Committee would evolve a robust strategy that would culminate in a rejigged security architecture to effectively secure the forests, blue economy, and solid minerals in Nigeria.

The statement noted the Ministers that graced the meeting include Dr. Alake as the host, Defence Minister Badaru, Interior Minister, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo; Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, HE Gboyega Oyetola; Minister of Environment, Balarabe Abbas Lawal; and Minister of State for Police Affairs, Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim.

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