Nigeria: The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake

Nigeria: The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, delivered a keynote address at the annual conference of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS), where he emphasized the importance of grooming the next generation of mining professionals. Represented by the Director-General of the Mining Cadastral Office, Obadiah Nkom, the minister urged the society to engage in activities that would encourage young people to pursue careers in mining sciences.

Dr. Alake recognized the need to build a strong foundation for future mining engineers and geologists. He highlighted the fact that many secondary school students are currently making career choices, and it is crucial to ensure that they are aware of the opportunities and advantages of pursuing careers in mining sciences. The minister called on the NMGS to conduct enlightenment campaigns, organize contests, and engage in activities that would expose young people to the benefits of a career in mining.

Furthermore, Dr. Alake urged the NMGS to collaborate with the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) in sharing new findings and data. He emphasized the importance of the NGSA becoming a repository of accurate data that can guide prospective investors in making informed decisions about the mining sector. By working together, the NMGS and NGSA can contribute to the sustainable development of the mining industry in Nigeria.

The minister also commended the valuable contributions of mining engineers and geologists in the field of exploration and extraction. He acknowledged that without their expertise, mining operations would face significant challenges. Dr. Alake stressed the need for mining professionals to continuously improve their skills and knowledge to earn the respect of their counterparts globally. He highlighted the importance of adopting technical instruments that align with international standards, such as the Pan-African Reporting Code developed by the African Minerals Development Centre.

In conclusion, Dr. Alake emphasized the importance of investing in the next generation of mining professionals and building a solid foundation for the development of the mining sector. He encouraged the NMGS to play an active role in enlightening students about the opportunities in mining sciences and to collaborate with relevant agencies to ensure the availability of accurate data. By doing so, Nigeria can harness its mineral resources effectively and sustainably, contributing to the growth and development of the nation.

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