By Palma Ileye
In a significant development that could reshape the future of Nigeria’s mining sector, the Nigeria Iron Ore Mining Company, NIOMCO, has announced plans to provide a crucial training ground for universities teaching Geology and Mining.
This is contained in a press release issued yesterday by the HMS Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
According to the statement, this initiative aims to nurture and produce qualified personnel, equipping them with the necessary skills and expertise to bolster the nation’s mining industry.
It stated that the promise of this educational partnership became evident during the maiden tour of the Steel plant in Itakpe by Nigeria’s Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaibu Abubakar Audu.
Speaking about the prospects of revitalizing NIOMCO, Audu emphasized its potential as a goldmine that could effectively address the issue of unemployment and subsequently lead to massive poverty eradication.
It disclosed that his visit to the Steel plant was marked by an air of optimism and enthusiasm, as he underscored the pivotal role that mining and related industries could play in the country’s economic development.
“NIOMCO holds a veritable prospect for a training ground for Geology and Mining programs in Nigerian universities. This will bridge the gap between academic knowledge and practical skills, allowing students to gain hands-on experience within the mining sector. It aligns with the nation’s goal of nurturing a skilled workforce capable of driving the mining industry’s growth.
“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision for NIOMCO goes beyond industrial rejuvenation. He believes that a thriving mining sector will not only generate job opportunities but also contribute significantly to poverty eradication. By providing quality training for students and ensuring the success of the mining industry, the minister envisions a future where unemployment rates decline, leading to a reduction in poverty levels across the nation.
“Once NIOMCO is fully operational, it will contribute substantially to the nation’s iron ore production, thereby reducing the need for costly imports. This self-sufficiency will enhance Nigeria’s economic stability and strengthen its position in the global market. Furthermore, by offering training opportunities, NIOMCO will cultivate a new generation of skilled mining professionals who can explore untapped mineral resources across the country,” he added.
Furthermore, Audu’s ambitious vision of leveraging NIOMCO’s potential to combat unemployment and poverty showcases a bright future for Nigeria’s economy, making it a source of inspiration for the entire nation. As NIOMCO roars back to life, it brings with it the promise of prosperity and progress for Nigeria.