The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mohammed Sada, has enjoined the Governing Board of the National Metallurgical Development Centre (NMDC), Jos to reposition the sector through policies and programmes that make impacts.
Speaking at the inauguration of the board, Sada urged members of the board to make sacrifices and be dedicated towards fast-tracking development in the sector by adding value to the agency.
“This inauguration cannot come at a better time than now when the minerals and metals sector is in the process of transformation which is aimed at diversifying the economy of the nation,” Sada said.
He added: “It is in line with the need to fulfill constitutional requirements and the Act establishing the Board of the Centre that President Goodluck Jonathan, finds it necessary to constitute the board.”
He expressed the hope that the empanelling of the board would significantly enhance the operation and overall performance of the centre.
Towards this end, he advised them to bring their wealth of experience to bear in the execution of their assignment in NMDC, Jos, by contributing their quota to reposition the minerals and metals sector to play a leading role in the efforts to diversify the economy.
Responding, Chairman of the newly inaugurated Governing Board, Osifo Akpata, assured Nigerians that they would not disappoint and pledged to work hard to transform NMDC and the minerals and metals sector for rapid economic growth.
Describing the agency as a huge goldmine that would generate revenue for the government and enlighten Nigerians about the sector, Akpata also expressed optimism that the minerals and metals sector would replace the oil and gas sector.
“We believe that NMDC is a goldmine itself, which will bridge the gap that exists today,” Akpata said adding that the sector which has been long neglected will be more important than oil and gas in the near future.
He said people should know that soon oil and gas will become extinct, therefore there is need to strategically develop nation’s solid minerals sector.