Mr Sallim Salaam, Director, Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification (MinDiver) says sensitising mining and solid mineral stakeholders is critical to fully harnessing potentials of the sector.
Salaam said this on Wednesday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the 1st Stakeholders Engagement on the Review of Legal and Regulatory Framework for Environmental Management.
The event was to examine the design of policy frameworks, policies and the development of mitigation measures and guidelines for addressing potential conflicts between miners and other land users in the mining sector.
Salaam said: “Now that the Federal Government is going into the diversification of the economy, the mineral and mining sector is one of the sectors that has been identified to achieve diversification.
“There is going to be a rapid increase in mining activities during beneficiating processing, and that will bring about a lot of environmental and social issues.
“And while this happens, a lot of agitations are likely going to come up.
“Because mining and all environmental and social issues requires inclusiveness from all stakeholders, we want them to be sensitised and informed that we will need their support to attain success.”
Salaam explained that the event was to inform stakeholders of government’s plans for the mining and solid mineral sector.
He advised that those who were not privileged to partake in the design of some of the guidelines and laws of the sector should take advantage of the event to contribute.
The MinDiver boss, while assuring that their contributions would be taken care of, said some of the extant laws guiding the sector were now over 12 and needed to be reviewed and updated.
“There are some guidelines that are not even there now that we want to produce and we want stakeholders support,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mr Jacob Udoh, a Director in the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, said the ministry through MinDiver engaged Projekt Consult to carry out the review of legal and regulatory framework for environmental management.
He stressed that communication and information sharing could not be over emphasised in achieving the project objective.
He said the event was for key mining stakeholders across the country to effectively promote the project and related activities.
This, Udoh added would also create awareness on the work done and ensure effective communication between project partners, and the public.
Nigeria News Agency reports that issues on capacity building, policy implementation and proper engagement of critical stakeholders in the mining sector were raised by stakeholders at the event.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Isaac Aregbesola
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