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FG will block leakages in the Mining sector to enhance revenue- Alake

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By Victoria Onehi

The Federal Government  has vowed to block leakages and loopholes impeding the collection of accruable revenues in the solid Minerals sector to enable it achieve it’s  target of 50% contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) domestic product of the country. 

Minister for Solid Minerals Development Dr Oladele Alake, made this declaration during his familiarisation tour of the Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) an agency of the Ministry.

Dr Alake explained that the deliberate decision to block all leakages and loopholes across agencies of the Ministry is in view of  government’s high  expectation  for revenue from the solid Minerals sector to facilitate implementation of programmes that will lift the people out of poverty, generate employment opportunities and create wealth under the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration.

The Minister said:: “We will take firm decisions in record time, block all leakages and loopholes to enhance revenue, reviewing of all fees paid by operators and businessmen  with alacrity, that will cut across all the Agencies of the Ministry”.

In a statement signed by the Head Press and Public Relations Alaba Balogun, the minis6 asserted that the Ministry is posed to meet it’s target projection of  making the solid Minerals sector achieve it’s target of 50%  contribution to the gross domestic product of the country. “The solid Minerals sector, he restated,  is the next oil.” Alake said.

While commending the enviable contribution of the Mining Cadastre Office in the overall achievements of the Ministry,  Dr Alake admonished it’s staff not only to brace up in maintaining the success achieved, but strive to achieve and surpass Federal Government’s target. 

The Director General of the Mining Cadastre Office ( MCO), Engr. Simon Nkom briefed the Minister on its activities and programmes achievements and challenges; citing the need to upgrade it’s e-MCO+ to the new system for efficiency in administrative management of Cadastre applications.

Still on familiarisation tour of Agencies, the Minister visited and  acknowledged the peculiar role of the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) to overall  national development, particularly in  projecting and generating vital data for all professional fields. 

‘Nigeria Geological Survey Agency ( NGSA) affects every sector of the economy; data, information and intelligence is power. Every decision maker needs it”, Dr Alake stated.

Similarly, the  Director General of the NGSA, Dr Garba AbdulRazak took his time to brief  the Minister on its mandate programmes and activities, with a guided tour of the agency’s museum in its headquarters building.

During his visit to the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists ( COMEG), the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Oladele Alake stated that the agency cannot be relegated as it performs a role that is critical to the survival of the sector and the nation at large. 

He asserted that ”COMEG as a quasi-academic body is helping to ensure quality control in the training and practices of professionals in the Nigerian Extractive Industry”.

The Minister assured the  DGs/CEOs/Ag.Reg of the  three  Agencies visited; the Mining Cadastre Office (MCO); Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) and Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists ( COMEG) of the Ministry’s constant support cooperation and collaboration in  addressing  and  resolving their peculiar challenges. 

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