A panel of experts has commended the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development for its strategic plans to revamp and sanitise the mining sector, potentially propelling rapid economic development in Nigeria.
During a discussion on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme “Good Morning Nigeria,” panellists emphasised the importance of a positive approach towards previously outlined roadmaps and policies from 2012 and 2016 aimed at transforming the sector.
Former chairman of the National Think–Tank On Solid Minerals, Prof. Charles Ofoegbu acknowledged the recent policies and programmes outlined in the ministry’s roadmap. He commended the proactive steps taken by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Oladele Alake, in addressing illegal mining activities and proposed security infrastructure to curb them. Ofoegbu recommended that the ministry strengthen its regulatory function as an additional measure to sanitise the mining sector.
Former director-general of the Mining Cadastre Office, Prof. Ibrahim Garba noted that previous ministers had initiated roadmaps in 2012 and 2016 to reform and advance the sector. He suggested that the current minister consider the benefits of these previous roadmaps for the sector’s progress.
Among the ideas and suggestions put forth by the former director-general were the initiation of policies and laws to address specific challenges, ensuring the security of mineral rights and permits, investment in exploration activities to provide valuable information for potential investors, and replicating the successes of the Petroleum sector in the mining industry.
The ministry’s commitment to reform and its engagement with experts and stakeholders are seen as positive steps toward revitalizing the mining sector and harnessing its potential for economic growth.