Nigeria Mining Week ’ll provide practical business updates to enhance mining activities in Nigeria —MAN

By Energy Worth

The  Miners’ Association of Nigeria (MAN) has disclosed that the forthcoming third edition of the Nigeria Mining Week (NMW) will provide practical business know-how and updates that will enhance mining activities in Nigeria. The event will hold between 15 and 18 October, 2018 at the Nigerian Air Force Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.

The statement was made in a press release issued by the team in preparation for the third edition of the programme. The event will provide access to all the practical knowledge, valuable connections and decision makers for would-be and established mining companies in the country.

The President of MAN, Alhaji Sani Shehu, said: “The Nigerian mining industry has witnessed great developments during the last two years, with the improved funding of the sector to implementing the Roadmap for Mining Development; the Ministry continues to tackle critical challenges such as exploration, policing of the Nigerian mine fields to checkmate illegal mining and support the artisanal and small scale mining to encourage legal mining practice.”

He stressed further that: “this has translated into increased government revenue and massive employment. It has also generated interest from foreign and indigenous investors in Nigeria. We need to support the Government to create an enabling environment for the growth of this promising industry.”

“The third edition of Nigeria Mining Week is structured to be rewarding to all participants, whether you are new to the Nigerian mining sector, a seasoned professional or even a would-be-miner, this week of activities will encompass all the ‘need to know’ aspects to discover the potential of the mining industry in Nigeria: a Finance Masterclass, international exhibition, two-day strategic conference, Dragon’s den, mentorship facilitation, free-to-attend technical workshops, networking sessions and unlimited connections are some of the key features awaiting participants at the event.”

Highlights of the event will include a welcome address from MAN: Report back on what has been achieved since 2017 and what is on the cards for the next six months?

The Head, Human and Institutional Capacities, African Minerals Development Center (AMDC), Ethiopia, Claudine Sigam, will discuss Leveraging the transformative potential of the Africa Mining Vision for the Nigerian mining industry.

Also, Minister, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Nigeria, Honourable  Bawa Bwari, will present a Ministerial address: New perspectives for 2018-2030 – what has been achieved to date and the- The place of the mining industry in the ERGP implementation process, to be taken by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Nigeria Sani Yakubu, among others.

There will be also be panel of discussions on Policy and legal frameworks: Finding the balance between the expectations from the public sector and the reality of the private sector, by the Chairperson Tax and Corporate Advisory Services, PwC, Moshood Olajide Partner.

Panelists include: Chairman Senator Committee on Solid Minerals, National Assembly, Nigeria, Senator James Manager; Director Legal Services, Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, Nigeria Barrister. Ibrahim Haske Dikko; Partner, Tax and Corporate Advisory Services, PwC, Nigeria, Kenneth Erikhume and Chief Executive Officer, KCM Mining Limited, Nigeria, Kevin Joseph.

There will also be a free business accelerator empowering and strengthening the capacity of mining entrepreneurs. The programme will enable small scale miners in need of mentorship support for the growth of their activities to access mentors with the experience, knowledge and networks to help them improve efficiency, profitability and growth of their businesses.