Miners develop online marketing domain


A miner’s mechanization programme meant to build the capacity of miners to produce industrial minerals as raw materials for the nation’s industries is currently being worked out. President of the Miners Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Sani Shehu made this disclosure at a press conference in Abuja.

According to Shehu, the mechanization program is aimed at building the capacity of miners to produce especially industrial minerals as raw materials for Nigerian industries, so as to stop importation of such minerals. This according to him will provide massive jobs for Nigerians and make the government conserve foreign exchange.

“We are under obligation to support the president to succeed because rejuvenating the Nigerian economy especially the mining sector that has been abandoned for years requires the support of all concerned. It is also imperative to state that the kind of income expected from the solid minerals sector requires government investment before dividends are obtained,” he said.

On the future of mining under the current administration, Alhaji Sani said the association was happy about the special place given to the mining sector and mining activities in the 2016 budget.

“I am optimistic that the solid mineral sector would get a boost. The government is working towards enhancing crude mining since it has now been observed that so much wealth is been lost to inability to exploit the potential in the sector. The mining sector has the potential for massive jobs, greater GDP and huge exports but a greater number of Nigerian miners are artisanal small scale operators, who conduct explorations of minerals without adequate equipment.”

He also revealed that the association is in partnership with foreign partners to develop an online marketing domain for Nigerian miners. This concept he said, is geared towards making use of technology to effectively market Nigeria’s solid mineral resources.

“Before now, most of our miners only get to sell their resources whenever the foreigners come calling, and they sell at ridiculously low prices. The online domain will eliminate all of that as each miner will put a price tag on each of his products, though still subject to bargain,” he said.

Sani said although the association does not object to any initiative that will increase government revenue, skyrocketed increase in the administration of mining licences as being speculated may not give the desired results. He called on government to support small scale operators so as to provide jobs for the unemployed and generate revenue for government.


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