Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite, has tasked the management of the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) to focus on developing the capacity of its staff in order to attain the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Certification for revenue generation for the nation.
The Hon. Minister stated this during a familiarization tour of the Agency today, November 12th 2019 in Abuja.
Adegbite urged the Agency to train competent staff and develop gem stone laboratories that would enable the country certify the genuineness of precious stones locally instead of out sourcing and referencing other countries. He said that the establishment of certification gemstone laboratories would generate revenue for the country.
The Minister noted that the certification of gemstones and repair of faulty mining equipments locally would not only save money for the country but would also generate funds.
He urged the management and staff of the Agency to have the interest of Nigeria at heart in the discharge of their duties.
In his remarks, the Minister of State, Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, tasked the leadership of the Agency to make Nigeria the Mining Hub of Africa, noting that the Ministry will support and collaborate with NGSA to achieve its mandate.
Earlier, the Director General of the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), Dr. Abdulrazak Garba said the Agency is delivering on its mandate of wealth creation, saying it has produced geological data on precious metals and maps of the country’s mineral resources to attract foreign investors.
He disclosed that the generation of the interactive map of gem stones would give first hand information to foreign investors, stating that the Agency is committed to working with the Ministry to achieve greater success.
The Ministers, during the visit, unveiled the Geological Map, Commissioned the Museum/ Customer Service and inspected the Earthquake Monitoring Command and Control Centre .