Nigeria’s Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Mr Uche Ogah, says the Federal Government remains resolute in it’s efforts to boost mining industry.
Ogah stated this when he visited Abia state Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Government House, Umuahia.
He said that the federal government had evolved strategies to harness the ingenuity of the artisan miners and encourage them to form cooperatives adding that government was determined to implement policies that would ensure that issuance of mining permit “must be followed with active mining within the first six months of receiving the permit.”
He explained that the essence of the policy was to ensure that only genuine and serious investors enjoyed the business opportunities in the industry.
Ogah opined that the mining industry had the potential to boost the nation’s economy and that government was poised to address the challenges facing the industry.
The Minister further promised government’s determination to control the erosion menace currently ravaging differnet parts of the state, including his Isuikwuato council area.
He expressed his willingness to collaborate with Ikpeazu’s administration to drive the success of his developmental agenda.
“Politics is over, it is time now for governance. I will always project issues that will help to develop the state.
“We should all work as a team for us to develop programmes for the betterment of the people and development of the state,” the Minister emphasised.