Mining Agency restates commitment to revamp the sector

Hassan Abubakar, Abuja

Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences located in Jos, the Plateau state capital in North central Nigeria, is working with the Ministry of Mining to groom young graduates in Mining from Universities and polytechnics across the country.

The graduates would be trained on excavation and exploration in the Mining sector.

This move is in line with the Federal Government’s plan to use the solid mineral sector to diversify the economy.

The Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute Dr Umar Bamalli explained that the mandate of the institute is enormous for Nigerian government to harness its solid mineral potentials deposited in various parts of the country.

The Mandate

“The Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences was established to breach the gap between the Universities and the Polytechnic and we have about fifty universities offering geology and two Polytechnics offering mining so the institute make sure that after graduating you are grilled in such a way that you can be useful to yourself and also to the country mining sector for optimum performance. Is just like going to the law school is a post graduate program and we have short courses for artisanal, researchers and even people who are interested in the mining sector.”

Dr Umar explained that after the post graduation programme which is eighteen months, the students will be able to do mapping and have a good report on how to carry mining activities in Nigeria and other country of the world and the institute has established Memorandum Of
Understanding with the Ghana school of Mines.