The Oasis Reporters
January 29, 2018
By Moses Gbande
The Minister of state , Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has Constituted a Mineral Tracking Task Force to monitor activities of illegal mining in the country.
The task force comprising of men and officers of the Police, Nigerian Army, Civil Defense Corps, DSS and other paramilitary agencies have already been engaged in serial training to perfect ways of assisting the ministry to regulate and manage the mining sector.
The minister of state, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel at the training programme in Jos, said the flag-off capacity building task force training modules for mines surveillance was to create an enabling environment for the private investors partnership with federal agencies to curtail illegal mining activities in Nigeria.
Represented by Engr. Emmanuel Ishaku, he expressed worries over the rate of illegal mining in the Country.
He said the 3 day capacity building training modules is for the identification of minerals using physical properties and mineral identification using modern equipment/field visits in Nigeria .
Also speaking, Engr. Karnap Fenan Wuyep explained the importance of the capacity building training to the following; NSCDC, Army, Police, Immigration, DSS, Federal Ministry of Health, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, including others.
He stressed further that the exercise would ensure the orderly and sustainable development of Nigerian mineral resources and to develop a well planned and coherent program of exploitation of mineral resources taking into account the economic development, ecological and environmental factors.
According to him, the Federal government established the procedure for monitoring developments in the solid minerals sector and encourage the private investors in mineral resources, then maintain the balance between foreign an indigenous interests.
He also emphasized the level of accelerated development of technical and professional manpower required in the mineral sectors and to provide extension services to mining cooperatives on exploitation, mineral processing and entrepreneurship training.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary Engr Karnap Fenan Wuyep said the world market today is driven by metal capacity building to safeguard the private, public sectors as autonomous institutions with the sole agency regarding all matters relating to mineral titles.
He noted that responsible metallurgical inspectorate matters and the development of minerals raw material for the metallurgical industry and set up standards of steel produced in the country ,in liaison with appropriate bodies .
The key objective principles for regulating the mining sector activities which serve as a risk management tool for investor and critical components of the investment decision, he added.