Active partnership with private sector key to development of solid mineral sector-MCO DG
By Anthony Maliki
The Director General of Mining Cadastral Office, Engr Obadiah Simon Nkom has canvassed for closer partnership between government and the private sector to develop specific solid minerals now in high demand across global economy.
He was speaking while receiving a delegation of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by the Vice President Mines, Dr Johnson Anene who also doubled as the Chairman of ACCI Mining Trade group.
Dr Anene who was accompanied by the Director of ACCI Policy Centre, Mr Olawale Rasheed told the Director General of plan by ACCI to host an annual International Mining Policy Conference with the first edition scheduled to hold in 2022.
“The conference and EXPO will be a one day event for 2022 and we want partnership with the relevant government agencies from the planning stage. We want to support government to drive investment into the sector through an integrated investment and policy conference with local and international partners”, Dr. Anene told the MCO boss.
Responding, the Mining Cadastral chief called attention of the private sector to new development within the world economy which is leading to the surge in demands for certain solid minerals which Nigeria has in abundance, adding that “the dynamics of global climate change has placed some minerals in high demands.
“We are all aware that certain minerals are sure to records upsurge in demands because of global push for energy transition. We are aware of the electric powered cars and other development. Nigeria is blessed with such basic solid minerals that are now billed to power world economy in the next few years.
“We need the private sector to take advantage of the new opportunities and partner with government to take advantage of the new market for solid mineral sector. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari through the Ministers of Solid Minerals have provided enabling environment for the thriving of the sector. We are opened for collaboration and we assure private sector players of investment friendly private sector”, he said.
He welcomed the planned conference and promised strong partnership to make it a reality.