By John Okeke
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu has said that the mandate of the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) is critical to the success of the Nigeria mining sector.
Dr. Mu’azu said it is impossible to promote and achieve success in the sector without a functional, efficient, professional and well equipped geological survey agency.
He made the statement during a working visit to NGSA office in Utako District, Abuja.
“We have realised that without reliable geosciences data, it is difficult to attract the investors that we are looking for and it is in that light that for the first time, the government is investing so much money in exploration, that is to underscore critical role of the NGSA”, he reiterated.
The Permanent Secretary acknowledged that the NGSA is the first organized national institution in the country which could have performed better compare with other Geological Surveys in Africa. He however noted that things are better now than they were years ago with increased focus and increased funding by the government.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Director General, NGSA, Mr. Alex Nwegbu said most of the discoveries Nigeria is enjoying today were through the activities of Nigeria geological survey agency as far back as 1919 following the disbandment of the Mineral Survey of Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1909 and 1913 respectively.
He said the Act of National Assembly that formally established the Agency was in 2006 with a vision to evolve as open, transparent and flexible organization that would provide geosciences information and knowledge for wealth creation and national development.