By Palma Ileye
Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Oladele Alake has reaffimed that the decision of the Federal Government to diversify from hydrocarbon to making the minerals sector major contributor to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, was a contribution to climate change.
Alake in a press release issued yesterday by Alaba Balogun, Head of Press and Public Relations, of the Ministry dropped this hint when he received a delegation of the Miners Association of Nigeria, MAN, led by their National President, Mr Dele Ayanleke.
Also the delegation comprised representatives of the VUKA Group, Co-organizer of the forthcoming Nigeria Mining Week and Price Waterhouse Coopers, foremost accounting firm.
While commending the Association for it’s suggestive recommendations and consistent role in organizing the Mining Week; he stated that Nigeria has been operating mono-cultural economy for long noting that the shift to solid minerals was overdue.
He said: “Our vision is to make solid minerals our pride, a major contributor to Nigeria’s gross domestic product. We will diversify from oil, to exploit it for survival of Nigeria. This is our own contribution to climate change.”
To this end, the Minister emphasized that the Ministry was committed to making requisite policies that will sanitize and rejig the regulatory framework and to make it more conducive for local and foreign investors to play.
On the issue of incursion by the second tier of Government into mining, he stressed that the Federal Government, will engage the State Governments and Local Governments with a view to resolving surrounding issues within the ambit of the law.
Speaking on securing the mining sector environment for maximum yield to the Federal Government, the Minister revealed that high end technology will be deployed coupled with inter-agency taskforce to arrest the menace completely.
He therefore, sought partnership with the Miners Association of Nigeria, MAN, to strengthen capacity in this regard for the growth and repositioning of the sector.
In his earlier remarks, the National President of Miners Association of Nigeria, Mr Dele Ayanleke, in a vote of confidence, expressed absolute assurance that the seven point agenda unfolded by the Minister of Solid Minerals under the renewed hope agenda of this present administration will consolidate and enhance the sector for maximum contribution to national development.