Govs thumb up FG’s mining sector reforms

Governors of the 36 states have expressed satisfaction with the on-going efforts by the federal government to reform the mining sub-sector of the economy.

The governors said they welcomed the reform initiatives being briefed by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, on the various reforms of the government to harness the mining potentials of the country.

The minister briefed the governors at Wednesday’s meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) held in Abuja.

A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, but released on Friday indicated that the minister briefed the governors on recent policies, and institutional and operational reforms undertaken by the ministry in harnessing the country’s mining potentials.

The Communiqué, signed by NGF’s chairman and Kwara state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, indicated that Alake sought the cooperation of state governments in his drive to create an enabling business environment for investors, support artisanal and small-scale mining cooperatives, address illegal mining, and de-risk the sector.

He also encouraged state governments to form mining companies and apply for mining licences.

Govs’ response

Responding, the governors said they welcomed the reforms, but sought stronger intergovernmental relations in coordinating the activities of the sector from licensing, and surveillance to operational safeguards.

“The Forum received briefing from Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab, NGF Senior Health Advisor, on states’ progress with expanding health insurance coverage and their performance on nutrition as well as the Primary Health Care (PHC) Leadership Challenge.

“He also informed members about the roll-out of phase two of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination exercise in 21 states starting May 27, 2024.

“Members committed to ramping up effort at achieving the necessary improvements advocated,” the Communiqué read in part.

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