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Mining firm advocates development of SMEs miners

Posted: Apr 24, 2015 at 12:11 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Chairman of Nasaman Mining Company Limited, Mr. Mamman Ali, has called on President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to develop artisans and small scale miners so as to boost mining activities in the country.

Ali, who stated this while speaking with journalists in Abuja, said more than 80 per cent of the solid minerals in the country was produced by the artisans and small scale miners, lamenting that the groups lacked both financial and technical capabilities to develop, as a truly sustainable industry as mining had been capital intensive.

He urged the government to adequately fund mining sector and encourage miners to add value to the raw products from mining instead of exporting the raw materials, saying that the development of the sector would ensure acceleration of economic diversification; attract foreign investments, create employment opportunities and impart technical skills to operators.

The chairman advised the government to ensure continuity of the roadmap and other policies of government for rapid development of the sector.

He lamented that the mining sector was underdeveloped, which he said had led Nigeria to be importing minerals that could be produced locally such as salt and iron ore.

“We hope that incoming administration will be committed to encourage the sector and not prevaricate like the previous government,” he said.

Ali said his company had been operating in line with the Federal Government’s road map, industrial revolution plan and others, to ensure best global practice, noting that the Operations Manager of the company was also an adviser to the UN on artisanal mining development.

“We are already providing jobs, teaching technical skills and drawing the artisanal population out of economic obscurity.

“They have been neglected for long. Using our processing facility across the country will empower millions of them. The mining industry in Nigeria is young and requires expatriate expertise to assist,” he said, appealing to the government to support and encourage Nasaman Company to develop the mining industry in the country.

The chairman said the company established and commissioned Nigeria’s first fully operational, chemical-free, large-scale mechanised gold processing facility in Isanlu, Kogi.