The Director- General, Mining Cadastre Office, (MCO), Mr Obadiah Nkom, has reiterated the need for partnership between Government and Private sector to sustain investment drive to fully develop the solid mineral sector.
Nkom said this while receiving a delegation of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), led by the Vice President, Mining, Dr Johnson Anene, on Sunday, in Abuja.
A statement by Mrs, Folasade Fatoke, Head, Press Unit, MCO said the visit was to inform the MCO’s D-G of ACCI’s plan to host an annual International Mining Policy Conference, with first edition scheduled for 2022.
Nkom, who welcomed the idea of the conference expressed that a new development within the world economy was causing a high demand for certain minerals available abundantly in Nigeria.
“We are aware of the electric powered cars and Nigeria is blessed with such basic solid minerals that are now billed to power world economy in the next few years,” he said.
He, therefore, called for intense participation of the private sector, stressing that private sector should take advantage of this and collaborate with government for a thriving industry.
The director-general emphasised the need of the private sector to invest and partner with government in order to take advantage of this new and numerous opportunities, thereby take mining sector to the next level.
He assured investors of conducive business environment as provided by government’s reform.
He stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari through the ministers had provided the enabling environment for investment to thrive in the solid mineral sector.
Anene earlier explained that ACCI was seeking partnership with relevant government agencies for the one day conference that would bring all stakeholders in mining together.
Anene, also the Chairman, ACCI Mining Trade Group who was accompanied by the Director, Policy Centre ACCI, Mr Olawale Rasheed, explained that as part of ACCI support, the policy conference aimed at driving investment into the mining sector
“We want to support government to drive investment into mining sector through an integrated investment and policy conference with local and international partners.
“We need to collaborate with government agencies to hold such event so as to sustain the investment drive into the sector for the benefit of all,” he said.