Minister of State for Mines & Steel Development, Abubakar Bawa-Bwari has called on Staff of the Ministry to build on the solid foundation laid in the last three and a half years to drive Nigerians hope towards diversifying the economy through the mineral and mining sector.
He made this known while officially handing over to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Abdulkadir Muazu.
The Minster who explained that the sector had been moribund and neglected for years before the coming of President Buhari’s administration, said the government has fulfilled its mandate and hopes that it is sustained.
“we have laid a solid foundation for the sector and it is now left for you to build on our successes. I want to urge you, as management and staff of this ministry, to keep the momentum going’’
Some of the challenges we inherited include the following: insufficient funding, weak institutional capacity of the supervising Ministry; limited supporting infrastructure; low productivity; illegal mining and community challenges; weak ease of doing business” he said.
The outgoing Minister said in less than four years, the ministry has recorded major achievements, including plugging revenue leakages, increasing sector funding, producing more accurate geosciences’ data through world class exploration projects, improving job opportunities in the sector.
The permanent sectary of the Ministry, Dr Abdulkadir Muazu said the Minster maintained an open policy which he carried every one along and gave the Ministry a new face in the mining sector.
The outgoing Minister was honoured with an award of Appreciation by the Medicines Sans Frontiers Doctors without Borders Holland collection for his active role in addressing lead poisoning in the country.