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Illegal exportation of gold, other solid minerals gone -Tinubu

Written by on October 18, 2023

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu says theera of exporting raw gold, lithium and other minerals is gone for good.According to the president, the creation of the policy of value addition to mineral resources before exportation by his administration was to halt the huge losses recorded through the exports of unprocessed mineral commodities. Tinubu who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. George Akume spoke in Abuja on Tuesday, October 17 at the second day of the eighth edition of the Nigerian Mining Week which was organised by the Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN). Solid Mineral Development Minister, Mr. Dele Alake, whose ministry hosted the event at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in conjunction with others, said an end is in sight for the exportation of raw materials. The president said: This administration has hit the ground running with remodeling the former Ministry of Mines and Steel Development into the ministry of Solid Minerals development and Ministry of steel developments, the orders to demonstrate the resolve of the federal government to maximise the potentials of the mining industry significantly improves its contribution to the revenue of government.The present administration has observed the huge losses recorded by the nation through the exports of crude mineral commodities and therefore has evolved a policy of value addition to its mineral resources before exportation, the policy will ensure that the teaming youths in the country will also be meaningfully absorbed in economic benches that will empower them while developing their skills.Through this policy, the era of export of crude minerals from Nigeria is gone. It is gratifying to note that many companies in Nigeria have already adjusted their business plans to this new normal and we hope others are encouraged to do sameWe are determined to use every potential to industrialised this great country. There is no reason why Nigeria and Africa should not be leading in any of the critical mineral value chains.The recent global trends in the energy transition initiatives have led to stunning discoveries which has opened Nigeria to geological exploration works that have grown the availability of huge lithium resources of high grade across many states in Nigeria.The minister cited the take-off of a lithium battery production factory in Ondo, Ondo State and similar start-ups all over the country as gains of the policy.Dele Alake said: Our vision for the mining sector transcends mere resources extraction. We are firmly committed to conducting mining activities that are economically sustainable, socially responsible, and economically beneficial.We believe mining operations should serve as catalysts for community development and job creation and adhere to industry best practices that minimise ecological footprint.As we convene here today, I want to assure you that the Ministry of Solid Minerals is wholeheartedly dedicated to advancing the Mining Sector in Nigeria. We are actively addressing the historical challenges that have hindered our progress, including infrastructure deficits, inadequate geological data, and the emerging imperative needs for modern mining.Our ongoing efforts also encompass improving the ease of doing business within the sector, enhancing transparency, and enforcing regulations that protect the interests of investors, the environment, the Mining Host Community, and Gender issues. The post Illegal exportation of gold, other solid minerals gone -Tinubu appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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