by Samuel Ibiyemi
In continuation of effort to align all the institutions of government and parties that are relevant to the protection and development of the mining sector, the Honourable Minister Of State, Mines and Steel Development
Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah has called for the support of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) and Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) in protection and exploitation of the nation’s mineral resources to boost Nigeria’s revenue profile.
This parley was took place during the visit of Ogah to the DG NFIU and Commander General of NSCDC in Abuja as part of a strategic move by the Ministry Of Mines and Steel Development to bring all partners on board, to ensure that all natural resources in the country are protected and exploited in the interest of the nation, to help boost revenue mobilization, build the economy and create jobs for millions of Nigerians.
A day before his visit to NFIU, the Minister Of State was at the office of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), where he said that effort was in top gear to eradicate illegal mining in Nigeria. This he said after a closed door meeting with the Commander General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Abdulahi Gana Muhammadu.
Ogah noted that “aside the need to improve the quality of data collection in the sector, the problem of illegal mining and financial fleecing of Nigeria must be frantically tackled.This, he said is necessary in order to avail the nation of the much needed resources to build the economy and create jobs for millions of Nigerians, in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive”.
He added:”The need to tackle illegal mining and revenue manipulation in the sector has been one of my subjects of focus and my brother in the ministry, the Honourable Minister Of Mines And Steel Development, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite.”