25 March 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development Olamilekan Adegbite says the Nigerian mining sector is filled with highly skilled and dedicated professionals who can move the sector forward .
Adegbite made this while receiving the Honorary Fellowship Award conferred on him by the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society, NMGS in his office in Abuja in recognition of his relentless drive to move the sector forward.
Adegbite said the high degree of professionalism in the sector had been instrumental to the milestones achieved so far in the sector.
He commended the professionals for their dedication and drive.
“I have learnt a lot from this people, they availed me their knowledge without holding back. I learnt from many professionals in the ministry which is dominated by academics and professors.
Adegbite also called for the participation of more women in the sector, noting that it was necessary to achieve inclusivity of the female gender in the sector.
“I am very sensitive to gender issues; i want more women in the sector, Though we men tend to be knowledgeable but women have the advantage of having emotional intelligence, which is now being recognised globally. Adegbite stressed.
On his part, the outgoing president of NMGS, Mr.Obadiah Nkom lauded the minister for his relentless drive to move the sector forward.
‘we appreciate your role in the sector, the support you have given to NMGS and for the support the ministry gave to our society during the just concluded conference we held in Ibadan.
Nkom also expressed his appreciation to the minister for moving the National Integrated Mineral Exploration Project, NIMEP programme to the next phase.
NIMEP is government’s rapid response to the dearth of investible geoscience data and the project has engaged high caliber local and international professionals to conduct exploration in brown and green fields for gold, lead, zinc, tantalite, lithium, and iron ore.
He explained that this would generate credible geoscience data capable of giving confidence to investors and prospective investors in the Nigeria minerals sector.