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Miners Association Decries Dependence On Government

| September 25, 2012 More

The newly elected chairman of the Miners Association of Nigeria, Bauchi State chapter, Alhaji Inuwa Bello Galoji, has decried the high rate of dependency on government by Nigerian miners as unacceptable. The chairman stated this in a press release signed by the publicity secretary of the association, Babayo Sanusi Adamu and  made available to LEADERSHIP in Bauchi.

Galoji who urged Nigerian youths to be self reliant, explained that the activities of miners in the country would drastically reduce unemployment stressing that  mining not only offers employment opportunities  but also gives lucrative jobs, adding  that ‘’the association’s prime objective is to educate, create awareness and explore opportunities in the mining sector by taking responsibility to help both the state and federal government invite foreign investors and partners to stimulate local miners and to empower them by establishing strong relationships between the government and mine workers.’’

He said that Bauchi State which historically, organised mining began in 1903 when the  mineral survey in the Northern protectorate was created by the British Colonial Government, was endowed with abundant solid minerals like  limestone, gypsum, Zinc, lead, copper quartz, emerald, Kaolin and a host of other minerals.

Nigeria according to him was the world major producer of Tin, Columbite, and coal when in 1940 the mineral survey of Southern Protectorate was founded. He lamented that the discovery of oil in 1956 affected the mineral extraction industry as government and industries  began focusing attention on the new resource. He noted  that mining industry was monopolised by state owned public corporations which lead to the decline in productivity in almost all the mining industries.  

He further revealed that the association will act as a strong liaison between owners and individual members disclosing that the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Director General Nigerian Mining Cadastre office Abuja, National Chairman of Miners Association of Nigeria and other top executives would soon visit Bauchi to inaugurate the new state executive.

The 26 newly elected executive will run the affairs of the association for the next four years.        

 

Category: Bauchi State News

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