Minister of State Mines and Steel Development Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah has reiterated that the nation’s solid minerals would trigger industrialisation and national development.
Ogah stated this in his welcome address on the occasion of the study visit by SG7 of the senior executive course 43 participants of National Institute For Policy And Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Abuja on Tuesday.
He noted that the Ministry, as a federal government agency charged with the overall mandate of unlocking the economic potentials of the mineral and metal sector and ensuring sustainable growth for the peace and prosperity of Nigerians is currently wielding a presidential directive to take a leading role in the diversification of the nation’s economy.
The minister noted that it was remarkable to have such an elite institution like NIPSS visit the Ministry to understudy the sector for interactive dialogue on policy formulation and implementation strategies with respect to the development of the Nigerian mineral resources for national development.
On her part, permanent secretary of the Ministry Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade stated that the ministry will work with all stakeholders and development partners such as the NIPSS to develop the industry.
She added that she considers members of the senior executive course 43 as strategic development partners in terms of national development and recognize their critical role to the achievement of the mandate of government particularly in the present social economic climate.
Earlier, leader of the management and senior executive course 43 participants of the National Institute For Policy And Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Professor Audu Gambo, who represented the director-general of NIPSS said that they were in the Ministry to study it, know the areas of development, achievement and challenges and other areas that needed collaboration or further development and to proffer relevant solutions knowing how critical the Ministry is to the economic development of the present government and the country at large.