Stakeholders in the mining sector are to converge on Abuja to brainstorm on how to further enhance the development of the sector as Ministry of Mines and Steel Development holds the first edition of the National Council on Mining and Minerals Resources Development.
The event which would hold at the Nigerian Air-Force Conference Hall, Kado, Abuja, from September 12 to 14, would bring together State Commissioners of Mining and mineral development, members of the senate and House of Representatives committees on solid minerals, the academia, investors, and leaders of mining communities, among others.
According to information obtained from the Ministry, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, approved the hosting of the council meeting on an annual basis, following the approval by Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The council is expected to bring all stakeholders in the mining sector under one umbrella to discuss and brainstorm on matters relating to enhancing the sector.
The recommendations of the council would assist the ministry to review, strengthen and/or initiate robust policies for the mining sector of the national economy.
Membership of the council include ministers, commissioners in charge of relevant state ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs); the legislature, security agencies, tertiary institutions, industry players, labour unions, professional associations, as well as civil society organisations, Artisanal and Small Scale Miners (ASMs).
With the theme: Enhancing Mineral Resource Governance towards Economic Growth and Diversification Stakeholders and interested members of the public are expected to submit a memoranda of not more than five pages in hard and soft copies on any topic in the following areas: Minerals Sector Governance: Challenges of Federal/State Co-operation, illegal Mining And Export Challenges: Policy Recommendations, Mines Field Security Challenges: Social and Environmental Concerns, Creating Effective Regulation and Legal Framework for Sectoral Development and Strategies for the Implementation of the Mining Road Map for National Development, among others