Nigeria to host national mining summit

Hassan Abubakar

Nigeria is to host a National Mining Summit in the capital, Abuja, next year.

The Minister of State for Solid Minerals, Abubakar Bawa Bwari told newsmen in Abuja, that the event would take place from April 25-26 ,next year.

He pointed out that the Summit would enable the sector the opportunity to showcase available solid minerals available in commercial quantities, to attract foreign investors.

‘’We are eager to take Nigeria to the world and bring the world to Nigeria. Our administration places premium on collaboration, inclusion and broad based participation of all stakeholders in the governance of the mining sector,” Bwari said.

Nigeria has taken larger strides in repositioning the mining sector and the successful exploration and exploitation of its mineral resources has been prioritized as the next frontier of the opportunity for development as the Nigerian government anticipates contribution to mining GDP to exceed twenty five billion US Dollars by the year 2026.

 ‘’The exhibition will be held at the International Conference Center in Abuja and it will act as a platform for key stakeholders, both regional and international , to converge and discuss business prospects and display leading technologies and equipments in both the construction and mining sectors. The CONMIN WEST AFRICA 2017 is expected to attract over 150 companies and will exhibit their products and upwards of 3000 visitors from West African mining and construction sector,” he said.

The Minister also enumerated some of the achievements over the past one year of the President Buhari-led administration.

‘’The development of a new roadmap for the transformation of the minerals and metals sector by a multi-stakeholder committee; securing improved funding for the mining sector through increased budgetary allocation; creation of a mining sector intervention fund and sourcing of intervention funds from International Development Partners through the World Bank,” he concluded.