President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, said upon assumption to office in 2015, his administration intentionally prioritised development of mineral resources for the economic growth of Nigeria.
Buhari, who was represented by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the 6th edition of the Nigeria Mining Week that was held in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, disclosed this.
Osinbajo said; “On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, I declared open the 6th edition of the Nigerian Mining Week and further reiterated our commitment to prioritising the development of Nigeria’s mineral resources as one of the frontiers for economic growth.''
“Since the Administration came into office in 2015, it has intentionally prioritised the development of the country’s mineral resources as one of the frontiers for economic growth.''
“This led to the comprehensive Roadmap for the Growth and Development of the Nigerian Mining Sector and we have steadily followed the steps set out in the roadmap.”
“Currently, we have a world-class gold mine running in Osun State, the Eko Gold Coin which has been refined to full 24-karat purity, mining industries that supply the coal needs of Dangote & Bua cement factories and a steel plant in the process of producing liquid steel from its iron ore mine in Kaduna, and more, all from natural resources sourced within Nigeria.''
“It is my belief that this sector when fully developed, will outstrip other sectors in export earnings and opportunities.”