By Charles Kalu
The Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, has called on Nigerian miners to take up the challenge and make mining competitive
Speaking at a stakeholders meeting of Miners Association of Nigeria, with the Minister Of Mines And Steel Development, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite, in attendance, he stressed that the “ministry was determined to look into every request made by the Association to ensure that they are attended to, in order to achieve stakeholders collective objective”
Dr. Ogah reminded Nigerian miners that making mining a competition will instigate quality mining outcomes and improve the overall output of the industry.
Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah noted that “mining started in Nigeria before the oil and gas sectors overtook the sector. But said that they were determined to reclaim the sector’s initial commanding height as a major revenue earner and that “it will be done”
The Minister Mines And Steel Development, Arch. Olanilekan Adegbite had earlier told the association that the “ministry was ready to work with all mining stakeholders in order to achieve the next level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari”. He informed the Mining Association that he and his Minister of State as a matter of demonstration of their readiness for collaboration have decided to address each other and relate with one another as brothers, insisting that there is a need for collaborative effort.
The Minister used the occasion to plead with states in Nigeria to “allow the Federal Government to drive the sector, so as to attract big mining corporations into the industry and make it a huge revenue earner” for states and the Federal Government. Arch. Adegbite appealed strongly to state governments to allow federal government to oversee the sector, generate and share accrual revenue to all strata of government, especially now that there is a plan to review revenue sharing formula in favour of states.
The Mining Association of Nigeria also congratulated the Ministers on their appointment into the Federal Executive Council.