From Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, said the Federal Government through the ministry has released the sum of N142.6 million for research development in the minerals and metals sector.
Adegbite said so in Abuja, yesterday during the stakeholder validation exercise for research development and collaboration with some Nigerian tertiary institutions.
Adegbite named the institutions as; University of Ibadan, University of Port-Harcourt, University of Lagos, University of Jos, Ebonyi State University, Nasarawa State University, Federal University of Technology, Kaduna Polytechnic, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, among others.
He added that these higher education institutions, after due diligence, have been carefully selected by independent faculty of five (5) scholarly professors of proven integrity who have contributed to the growth of the sector. Research covers the areas of mining engineering, metallurgy and mineral processing, geological mapping, industrial and mineral utilization/exports, and energy minerals.
The minister further stated that to successfully fulfill the ministry’s mandate of job creation, increasing the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP and promoting sustainable mining, the ministry has released the sum of 142.6 million naira to achieve this collaboration with stakeholders. whose knowledge of the sector could ease the journey to shared mining in Nigeria.
He also added that in order to show the importance of collaboration and to authenticate the research results, it is also important that stakeholders validate the exercise hence the essence of today’s workshop. today.
The Permanent Secretary, Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, who was represented by the Director of Special Duties, Mr. Yisau Adepoju, said that in the ministry’s efforts to rejuvenate the mining sector, it is crucial to collaborate with these reputable institutions to carry out well this research in specific areas. domains which aims to open up new frontiers in the mining sector by providing much needed data on the endorsement of the Nigerian solid minerals sector.
Dr Akinlade added that it is gratifying that these reputable institutions have completed their work. For their results to be acceptable, it is customary, as in any other research work, that it remains only an academic exercise until critical actors come together to bring it to life in order to open the way to its acceptance and implementation. This is what gave rise to this validation exercise by eminent stakeholders.
She said validation of research results by all stakeholders will unlock potentials and add value to the mining and minerals sector.
The Permanent Secretary, also told the stakeholders that the Ministry is ready to partner with interested stakeholders in the areas of research, exploration, exploitation, beneficiation and the entire length of the value chain in the sector, particularly the gaps that would be identified in this research. to create confidence and attract investors to the sector.
The chairman of the committee, Prof. Gbenga Okunola in his remarks thanked the ministry for giving them the privilege to serve and told the assembly that nations grow through collaborative research and development and that the The Steering Committee’s goal is to help realize the whole garment of development mantra in the minerals and metals sector through collaborative research such as this.