Nigeria to develop solid minerals roadmap

africa gold mineral Corlaffra shutstockNigerian minister of solid mineral development Dr. Kayode Fayemi has inaugurated a 17-man committee to prepare a roadmap for the nation’s solid minerals sector, according to a report by Daily Trust

The committee is to produce a 25-year action plan for the transformation of the solid minerals sector containing a short-term and mid-term goal as well under the leadership of Professor Ibrahim Garba as chairman.

Fayemi said, “It (the committee) is at liberty to identify sub-sectional activities along the mineral value chain that will enhance the rapid development of the industry.” He termed the assignment as being critical as the ministry will be counting on the members.

The committee was given three weeks to complete its assignment including identifying hindrances to thedevelopment of mineral resources in Nigeria, recognising pathways to overcome such barriers, prioritising activities and assigning time frames to all activities. They were also given the responsibilty of creating models and scenarios for successful implementation and monitoring activities and developing a consensus strategy for buy-in by all stakeholders in the industry.

Garba thanked the ministry for the privilege while pledging determination to take the responsibility very seriously, according to the report.

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