FG proposes Mining excellence, inaugurates Center Committee Members

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By Palma Ileye

In continuation of its efforts to reposition and ensure the mining sector contribute maximally to the growth of the nation’s economy, the Federal Government will establish the Nigerian Mining Centre of Excellence, CoE as a one stop -shop that will meet the needs of investors in the solid Minerals sector.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development/Steel Development, Dr Mrs Mary Ogbe disclosed this during the inauguration of members of the Committee for the Establishment of the Nigerian Mining Centre of Excellence, CoE, at the Ministry’s Headquarters Office in Abuja.

Speaking on the importance of establishing the Center of Excellence, Ogbe explained that it is Pivotal in numerous ways to the actualisation of the Ministry’s conttibution to the growth of the Nigerian economy; as it will foster collaborations among the key departments of the Ministry.

Elaborating further on the objectives for creating the Mining Centre of Excellence; Ogbe said: “The Centre is established to provide a one-stop that will meet the needs of investors in the solid mineral sector of the economy, facilitate the efficient use of the Decision Support System, DSS and promote knowledge – sharing best practices and capacity building within the mining sector.”

Continuing, she expressed optimism on the actualization of the mandate of the CoE to act as a focal point for international partnerships and collaboration in the field of mining investment amongst other laudable objectives.

To this end, she stated that the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake has assured that he is willing and ready to support the activities of the CoE with everything it needs to actualize its mandate.

The Nigerian Mining Centre of Excellence CoE, according to the Permanent Secretary will foster collaborations among the key departments of the Ministry which include Nigerian Geological Survey Agency NGSA, Mining Cadastre Office MCO, Mines Inspectorate, Office of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, Ministry of Steel Development and Office of the Honourable Minister of Solid Minerals Development.

Membership of the Committee includes nominated members of the various Departments and Agencies of the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development; and will be chaired by the Director of Investment Promotion and Minerals Trade Department of the Ministry.