By Oluwaseun Sonde, Abuja.
Following the high level and strategic mining investment platform which has led to the Nigerian Mining week. The international investors vowed to storm Nigeria Mining Week 2019, taking place in Abuja from 14 to 16 October, 2019 to drive the Nigerian solid minerals sector forward, with the vision to open up credible businesses opportunities and put Nigerian mining on the foremost map.
The Nigeria Mining Week which link investors, project developers, financiers, technology providers, government and highlight an industry that in the future will become a driver of Nigeria’s economy.
The International Business Manager, Minelab Metal Detectors, Christopher Higgins has said in an interview that it is a wonderful opportunity for the Nigeria’s mining sector to show the world that Nigeria is ready for major development which will yield its return on investment.
According to him “Minelab, with its innovative technologies, which is an important resource to artisanal gold miners for the recovery of gold in a cost effective way which reduce the impact on the environment and importantly reducing the risk to the miners own health and safety”.
He called on local partners to please come and visit their stand and see how technologies and products will allow Miners explore every meter of Nigeria and discover the gold that lies beneath.
The Head of Africa at BARRON, Darryn Scheepers has said in his own Interview that BARRON chose to join the Nigeria Mining Forum in order to continuously creating awareness for its brand, and what the company can provide as a valuable solutions provider to Mining companies and the industry.
He expressed how BARRON is excited to introduce to the 4th Annual Nigeria Mining Week its ‘BRAND-ABLE’ which is the solutions business to mining blue chip organisations, with its platforms offering a wide variety of canvasses and solutions that support and build their brands by assisting them to switch their brands on.
“My role as Head of Africa is to stabilise and grow our market presence in Southern Africa, whilst at the same time expanding our footprint into the rest of the African continent. To ensure this strategic objective is achieved, growing our resource and support base internally and externally, and upskilling the members of the African team are essential” he said.
The Operations Director, Panafrican Equipment Nigeria Limited, Jakes Luus has said that an event like this is suitable for all the stakeholders to interact with a variety of people from different mining sectors and share ideas and possible solutions with fellow miners and walk away with new concepts that hopefully solve some of their problems.
He said Panafrican Equipment is setting a high standard for equipment and product support in Nigeria as the company is serious about equipment and service support in all sectors of operations in Nigeria. Adding that support is a critical factor in the mining industry and Panafrican Group walks the extra mile with our customers through our excellent support and backup service.
“There is a Komatsu equipment combination that will deliver the best cost per ton in any mining operation, focus on productivity, availability and reliability, reducing the life of asset cost we as Panafrican Group have the experience and tools to plan along with our customers. Come to our stand and talk to us for your mining solutions” he said.
President of the Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), Alhaji Kabir Mohammed Kankara has urged Federal and State Government, World Bank, NEXIM Bank, Bank Of Industry (BOI), foreign and local investors to come on board for the Nigeria Mining Week 2019 and move mining in Nigeria to the next level.
He made this statement when interviewed in Abuja recently. “We hope to make this year’s session a big forum where the Nigerian miners can showcase the huge resources of solid minerals endowed to the nation. As organising partners, MAN has been part of the event since its inception four years ago, along with PwC and Spintelligent” he said.
He added that his vision for the association is to see that miners are given an enabling conducive environment to practice their legitimate business without any security challenges and harassment from the host communities or the host state governments by partnering with the government security agencies e.g. police, Civil Defence Corps, state governments and community leaders.
According to him “I also wish to improve the productivity capacity of an average miner through sourcing of intervention funds and equipment from federal and also encourage state governments, World Bank, NEXIM Bank, BOI and other foreign and local investors.
“Furthermore, I wish to raise the level of the mining sector to make it another big source of revenue earning for the nation and increase the GDP of Nigeria. I also wish to make our association as another big employment generator to the teeming youths that are roaming about looking for jobs” he said.