(L-R) Minister of State Mines and Steel Development Dr Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah and the Secretary, National Action Committee on AFCFTA, Francis Anatogu with member of his team at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja.
Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah has tasked African countries to synergise, especially in the mining sector to boost the economic growth and industrialisation of the continent.
He stated this in Abuja when he received a delegation of the National Action Committee on African Continental Free Trade Area, (AFCFTA) , led by its Secretary, Francis Anatogu.
Dr. Ogah, explained that the ministry is working at ensuring that no mineral is taken out of the country without proper beneficiation to improve and increase the economic value of the minerals to meet international stanadrds.
The Minister further stated that the Ministry is determined to use the sector as a tool for job and wealth creation, in line with the present administration’s agenda, and provide opportunities for Africans to be empowered.
Secretary, National Action Committee on African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), Francis Anatogu, called on African nations to leverage on the benefits of AFCFTA to increase the economic growth in Africa.
He added that AFCFTA is willing to align with the vision of the Ministry’s Mining Road Map and noted that mining has the capacity to solve the unemployment problem in many African countries.