The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, has entered into partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), a consulting firm, to execute the policies under the 7-point roadmap to transform the sector.
Receiving the PwC partner on mining, Habeeb Jaiyeola in his office, Dele Alake, minister of Solid Minerals Development, commended the company for its role in the just-concluded Nigerian Mining Week and the first phase of the bitumen concession programme.
Alake thanked the consulting firm for their contribution to the mining sector over the years, assuring that the expertise and ideas of PwC would be factored into reforms of the mining sector and implementation of the 7-point agenda.
He said that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is focusing on the sector as a game changer in the bid to reposition the country for lasting prosperity.
Presenting the thoughts of PwC on the 7-even point agenda, Jaiyeola expressed the readiness of PwC to partner with the Ministry in achieving objectives of the agenda which seeks to make the solid minerals a key sector to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country.
“We summarised our thoughts on the 7-point agenda, looking at it and suggesting how to bring it to life whilst advising on pitfalls and how to avoid them. The major thing is that at the end of the tenure of the administration, there will be key deliverables that can be monitored, and the roadmap on how each of them is going to be achieved and projected. We will be open to further deliberations on how we can proceed by comparing notes,” Jaiyeola emphasised.
Recall that the Minister reeled out a 7-point agenda tagged ‘Agenda for the Transformation of the Solid Minerals Sector for International Competitiveness and Domestic Prosperity,’ that includes creation of the Nigerian Solid Minerals Corporation, Big Data on specific seven priority minerals and their deposits, comprehensive review of all mining license amongst others.