20 April 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Federal Government has embarked on sensitization of State Governments on the need to synergize to develop the Mineral Sector for benefit of Nigerians.
Minister of State Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah ststed this during a courtesy visit to Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike in Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Dr. Ogah explained that the essence of the sensitization was in continuation of government efforts to ensure diversification of the nation’s economy, build a prosperous economy, eradicate corruption and poverty as well as provide security for all.
He explained that sensitizing mining operators, oil and gas operators as well as mining host communities and other stakeholders would certify mining activities are conducted in a safe, and environmentally friendly manner consistent with the provisions of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, 2007.
The minister stated that the collaboration between the Federal and State Governments would ensure efficient exploitation of huge deposits of silica sand, glass sand and clay in Rivers State for construction purposes and glass manufacture.
“The Federal Government’s desire is to partner Rivers State in
providing the enabling environment and administrative support required to boost sand mining investments in the State” Dr Ogah added.
The Minister noted that the present level of efficiency of sand dredging activities in Rivers State can be enhanced if the ministry and Rivers State mutually collaborate to support mining investors in the State by providing the enabling environment for sand dredging businesses to thrive.
Dr. Ogah enjoined the State to take advantage of abundant sea salt yet to be exploited as a State bordering the Atlantic Ocean, which might also be an interesting area for collaboarative development.
He stressed that the Ministry would be organizing a sensitization workshop in a matter of weeks with all the 774 Local Government Chairmen to further strengthen collaborative efforts in developing the solid minerals sector.
In his remarks, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike supported the need for Federal and State Governments to collaborate to develop the country adding that it was time leaders concentrated on good governance to achieve greatness for the nation.
Gov Wike who said emphasis on crude oil had reduced the impact of mineral exploration and exploitation, stressed the willingness to partner the Federal Government as mineral resources play a great role in infrastructural development and job creation.
Governor Wike speaking further, stated that reviving Ajaokuta Steel Company could create employment for Nigerian youths and grant financial autonomy for the nation.