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Mining: Alake pledges commitment to empowering women with relevant industry skills

Dr. Oladele Alake, Nigeria's Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development and Chairman of AMSG

*Dr. Oladele Alake, Minister for Solid Minerals Development, highlights the Federal Government provides access to technical training for young women, start-up financial assistance for women mining entrepreneurs, and through inclusion of women in the leadership of regulatory agencies

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development and Chairman of the African Minerals Strategy Group (AMSG), has affirmed the commitment of the continent to equipping women with requisite skills to participate actively in the mining sector value chain.

The Minister, who stated this Friday, March 8, 2024, while presenting his goodwill message at the 2024 International Women’s Day Forum, organised by the Women Miners Association, lauded the organisers for putting the progress and plight of women in the mining sector on the front-burner.

Segun Tomori, Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, stated Dr. Alake emphasised the importance of investing in the development of women for leadership in industry and governance.

He said: “We live in a world in which no one, no gender must be left behind. This is the logic of progressive transformation that we desire.

“The African Minerals Strategy Group is committed to empowering women with appropriate skills to enable them participate in the mining sector value chain, from exploration and extraction to processing and commerce.”

Alake also stated: “We support access to technical training in mining for our young women: we support start-up financial assistance for women mining entrepreneurs, and we champion the inclusion of women in the leadership of regulatory agencies.”

The Minister further disclosed the AMSG, under his leadership, would initiate annual studies on the progress Africa is making in the aforementioned areas and publish findings on subsequent International Women’s Day.

He as well charged the African continent to be resolute in its resolve to make value addition the strategy for wealth retention.

The African Ministers of Mining are determined to put in place policies which discourage export of raw materials and encourage industrial processing of minerals into semi-finished goods for exports,” noted he.

The Minister also explained: “This will reduce the obnoxious legacy of unequal exchange, which African scholars see as the manifestion of neo-colonialism.

“Let us elevate the quality of commerce with our trading partners by offering more value.

“The faithful execution of this policy will provide more jobs and deepen capital formation in the mining industry.”

The statement recalled that on the sidelines of the “Invest in African Mining Indaba”, in South-africa, Alake was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the African Minerals Strategy Group (AMSG), a body of African Ministers of Solid Minerals/Mineral Resources championing value addition and maximum beneficiation from the continent’s vast mineral resources for the development of member countries.

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