The Managing Director of HMD Mining, George Apostolopoulos, a gold sponsor of Nigeria Mining Week and a sister company to HMD Africa, an International Company that deals with heavy machinery, infrastructure and construction. In this interview with OLUWASEUN SONDE, he speaks on the framework government has put up to make Nigerian mining sector interesting to foreign investors.
What are your aims for part nering Nigeria Mining Week?
Well, I will go back to seventeen years ago when HMD started incorporating in Nigeria, dealing alot with heavy machinery, infrastructure and construction projects.
The reason why we were present in the Nigeria Mining Week is that we see that recently there is a centre boom in the Nigerian Government towards the mining industry; so we established a sister company which is known as the HMD Mining and we do mining supplies, equipment and accessories while we want our impacts to be felt in the mining industry in Nigeria.
We have partnered with Epiroc, a huge company which has being around for many years globally dealing with mining. We signed an exclusive agreement to represent them in Nigeria.
What is the location strength of your company in Nigeria presently?
We have offices in Lagos and Port Harcourt. We are planning to locate in Abuja very soon.
What have you benefited so far from the Nigerian mining industry?
Well, you know mining and the extractive industries are service intensive or maintenance intensive industries. Basically to serve the customers is an easy thing, but to make sure you maintain it well is a difficult task and we have an excellent after-sales-support.
As I have said earlier, our headquarter is in Lagos, where we have state of art workshop; we have stocks of arts and we have a sum of fifteen technicians who work under service warranty. So the professional touch, the barter, and the after-bargain is there for us to provide.
What are your challenges in Nigeria?
Challenges! You know Nigeria is a large country and it’s not easy to travel from one location to another, which has been one of the challenges and in this regard, the mining framework that the government is trying to put up now makes it important.
I don’t think Nigerian Government has put in such similar effort before. What is happening now is extremely different and important. The government is making mining more interesting especially for foreign direct investors.
What is your message to the Nigerian Miners?
To all the Miners in Nigeria, we are experts in the industry; they should work with us for we to proffer help to them. From consulting services to providing the adequate fleet with excellent after-sales-support, we can help them attain their business objectives in the most efficient way.