29 January 2021 By Josiah Buzun
The Federal Government has expressed commitment towards repositioning the mines and Steel sector to attain its place as the bedrock of Industrialization.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade made this known during a one day working visit to the National Metallurgical Center in Jos.
Dr Akinlade stressed that with the renewed zeal and commitment to the mineral sector, the economy would be able to create the required jobs for the teeming population and diversify the economy.
She said the National metallurgical center has the capacity to support the Nation’s economy.
The Permanent Secretary who noted that improvement of internally generated revenue in the sector would go a long way towards strengthening the revenue base of the Nation promised better working conditions for staff.
Dr Akinlade also applauded the contributions of the center despite its numerous challenges, noting that all hands must be on deck towards sustaining this effort in order to rebuild the Nation by developing the ailing mineral industry .
Earlier, the Director General of the National Metallurgical Center Professor Linus Asuquo expressed the commitment of the centre in enhancing its capacity towards making significant inputs in the development of the mineral sector.
He noted that the center was facing many challenges, especially in the area of research and called for training and retraining of its staff as well as improved funding to settle the center’s numerous bills.