, KWSG participates in a two-day workshop organised by Solid Minerals Development Fund, Abuja -

KWSG participates in a two-day workshop organised by Solid Minerals Development Fund, Abuja

The Kwara State Government through its delegates is attending and actively participating at a two-day workshop currently ongoing in Abuja with the theme: Effective development of the mining sector and harmonising Federal and State Governments’ Initiatives.

The representatives of the Kwara State Government at the workshop are the Honourable Commissioner for Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Afees Abolore ALABI and Mr. Kunle Adimula, director of Geological Services in the Ministry. The two-day events aims to provide a platform for discussion on how Sub-National Government can participate and benefit from mining in Nigeria as an effective option of economic diversification strategy.

Speaking at the workshop is Prof. Ibrahim Garba, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a one time Director- General of the Mining Cadastral Office who spoke extensively on global exploration trends and opportunities for Nigeria. The erudite professor and a geological professional of repute also provided some lofty windows of participation of the State Governments and how the mining sector could be of immense benefit to the subnational governments amongst others.

Addressing the gathering of Commissioners, directors and other Top Government Functionaries were other industry experts who provided insights into contemporary issues of sustainable development in mining sector: global economic trends and its impact on mining; environmental degradation as a result of activities of mining sector and mitigation measures amongst others.

Discussions by the immediate past Director- General of the Mining Cadastral Office, Engr. Mohammed Amate also centred on the effective utilisation of mining titles and the roles of the stakeholders. He shared from his wealth of experiences while in office and admonished the participants and other stakeholders on the best ways possible to optimally put the mining titles to effective use.

The programme featured goodwill messages and it is expected to be concluded today, Thursday, 6th June, with other presentations and a communique is expected to be developed at the end of the workshop.

The event was put together by the Solid Minerals Development Fund in conjunction with Usmanu Danfodiyo University Consultancy Services.

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