The launch of the first Nigeria Mining Week, which incorporates iPAD Nigeria Mining & Quarrying Forum, has commenced today in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.The event which is hosted by the Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) will accommodate the entire mining ecosystem comprising of high-level industry leaders, exploration companies, local and international investors, financial institutions and government bodies.
The delegates are set to be discussing new and innovative ways to building a competitive and sustainable mining value chain in order to address the deficit witnessed in the sector.Among the delegates, will be Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who will be addressing issues limiting the country as a mining destination.
According to the Advisory Partner, Cyril Azobu, the organizers are building on the success of the PwC Mining round table which took place in November 2014, and are happy to be part of the Nigeria Mining Forum which was held in November 2015.
“The forum opened the door to an exclusive networking opportunity for key stakeholders as well as technology solution providers who were seeking a new market and new clients for mineral exploration and extraction.It also afforded an opportunity for close interaction with policy makers to elucidate on their plans for the sector”, he stated.
Alhaji Sani Shehu, President, MAN added, “The industry should know that with the renewed government interest in mining development in Nigeria and the incentives such as tax holidays, removal of export duty for mining equipment and readiness of indigenous operators to partner with foreign investors, Nigeria is now a re-emerging mining nation worth exploring.”