Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Abdulkadir Mu’azu, has called on the Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to use his good offices to mediate on the discrepancies emanating from the ownership of solid mineral deposits in the states by the Federal Government, and the control of lands in the states by State Governments, as provided in the Land Use Act, which has being hampering smooth mining activities in the country.
Dr. Mu’azu made the call when he led a team of management staff of the ministry to pay a courtesy visit on the governor in Government House, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Thursday, 18th July, 2019.
The Permanent Secretary, who commended the Governor for his giant strides in resuscitating the mining and steel sector when he was the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, noted that his present position as the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, he has no doubt that the governor is much more equipped to finding a lasting solution to issues arising from the ownership of mineral resources and Land Use Act. He appealed to the Governor to use his present position as chairman of NGF to appeal to his colleagues to find a common ground on the concerned issues.
He x-rayed the legacies of Fayemi which included the Mining and Solid Mineral Road Map, initiation of Solid Mineral Development Fund, instrumental to the establishment of Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project(MINDIVER), a World Bank Project, Formation of Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee(MIREMCO) in all states of the federation, bringing Nigeria Mining and Steel Sector to the global mining center stage and making Nigeria Mining Industry investor- friendly, he said.
Mu’azu thanked the Governor for accepting to host the 2019 edition of National Council on Mining in his state.
He assured the governor that the ministry and entire ‘mining family’ will never relent in consulting him for intervention when the need arises.
The Governor, in his response, thanked the Permanent Secretary and his team for taking the pains to visit him in Ekiti.
He reiterated his commitment to ensure that mining sector is not only made relevant but form the hub of the economy. He expressed his gratitude that the Ministry is really upholding the legacies he left behind through the gradual and consistent implementation of Solid Mineral Roadmap.
The Governor, in furtherance of his commitment to the sector, inaugurated members of the committee of state Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) with Fiso Oluwole as chairman.
He assured the management of MMSD that he will table the discrepancies in ownership of solid mineral resources and control of lands in the states to the Governor’s forum for deliberation.