By John Okeke
The Federal Government has said it would continue to pursue the implementation of well thought-out reforms and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the mining sector in the bid to make Nigeria a leading mining jurisdiction.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi who stated in Abuja at the opening session of Project Presentation by the World Banka��s Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (MinDiver), explained that apart from the critical stakeholders in within the country, government was also collaborating with international development agencies, to reposition the sector to meet its twin mandate of economic development, and wealth and job creation.
While noting that the Nigerian Mining sector has enjoyed huge support from the World Bank, the Minister said that the project presentation event points to that fact.
The project presentation was attended by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Hon Abubakar Bawa Bwari; Governors of Eboyin, Engr David Umahi; Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade; Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu; Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai; former military governor of old Oyo State, Gen Paul Tarfa; and Task Team Leader MinDiver Project, World Bank, Francisco Igualada.
Fayemi said that the ministrya��s determination to address the issue of exclusivity of mining to the federal government and the absence of transparency and accountability, has established two bodies to ensure compliance with the provisions of the mining Roadmap.
The bodies – Mining Implementation and Strategy team (MIST), has representatives of state government and the National Council on Mining and Mineral Resources Development (NCMMRD), which comprises of state commissioners for Mining as members.
The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, lauded the ministrya��s initiatives, especially in ensuring active state participation in mining matters in spite of the fact that mining is on federal exclusive list.