Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) has disclosed plan to host the 4th edition of 2019 Mining Week, which is being organised by the Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) in partnership with Price Water Cooper (PwC) and IPAD from Oct. 14 16th, 2019 at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, the Minister, MMSD, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, expressed delight at the Ministry’s participation in the upcoming week as it will deepen mining business, accelerate the pace in the industry, increase the revenue and provide job for the citizenry in line with the economic diversification agenda of present administration.
Arc. Adegbite said the sector has potentials which could surpass Oil and Gas revenue, if properly harnessed. He thanked the organisers, particularly MN, PWC, IPAD and invited major players and operators in the industry to fully participate and witness the mining week in order to benefit from the available opportunities in the sector.
He also opined that the Ministry should be more involved in the planning of the next Mining Week in order to sensitise the public on the activities in the industry and attract more investment. He suggested showcasing of few success stories in the sector such as National Geochemical Mapping Technical Assistant Project (NIMEP) prior to the next mining week on 3-4 locations probably a day before it kicks off to create awareness on the event and enable people choose areas that interest them for investment.
The Minister of State, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, inter alia, appreciated the collaboration between MAN, IPAD, and PWC which is taking mining to the next level. He said the conference is expected to provide concrete solutions that will move the industry forward.
In his press briefing of the event, the former President of MAN, Alhaji Shehu Musa noted that the dream of Mining Week, which commenced since 2006 was to drive at destination that is similar to Mines and Money in London, etc.
He said MAN wishes to contribute to the realisation of this aspiration such that mining week will now be captured in the Mining Calendar, noting that the synergy between operators and government to achieve the goal is indispensable. On behalf of the mining week organising committee, he acknowledged the management team of the Ministry for providing the required cooperation to the association for the realisation of its ambition.
In the same vein, the President of the Association, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed Kankara said between the first exhibition in 2016 and till date there has been some milestone achievements not only in terms of numerical growth of participants, but particularly in the areas of deliverables and generating attentions of the global players to the huge mineral potentials that has transformed to create massive wealth to the nation and her citizenry.
According to him, the 2019 edition is designed to do a critic of those factors militating against the development of the mining sector along the value chain to ensure the growth of the nation. He, therefore, called on public and private sector stakeholders to fully participate in the coming event so as to harness the opportunities in the sector and address the challenges, which include but not limited to security, transportation and funding windows.
In his contribution, the director PWC, Nigeria, Habib Jaiyeola said the purpose of the week is to discuss and critic the industry and to be able to find workable solution and see how Nigerians and the global and national mining ecosystem can contribute to the growth of the mining industry in Nigeria.
He noted that the week will run for 3 days. Day 1 (14th oct) will usher in the pre-conference session, which will look at critical topics affecting Nigeria at the moment and proffer workable solutions; issues around security, various project updates; Nigeria mining in the future to ensure growth.
Day 2 is the conference proper which will involve Presentations from local and global mining experts; speeches and talks from various dignitaries across the world and Nigeria. Other activities include contributions of representatives from several countries to revitalise the Nigerian mineral industry. He wished that the platform would yield resolutions that will facilitate Federal Government drive in the developing the sector.
IPAD Business Development Manager, Kudakwashe Tsingano said one of the aims of the Nigerian Mining Week is to provide a tangible means to mobilise these opportunities by providing the solution needed to elevate the already growing mining industry. According to him, 26 sponsors and exhibitors had already confirmed their participation, while five (5) companies are expected to join the event within this upcoming week. About 1,250 attendees and over 900 organisations across 22 countries also registered to participate in the week, while more are expected to register this week.
Source: Ministry of Mines and Steel Development