Al-Makura Seeks FG’s Support On Solid Minerals

Al-Makura Seeks FG's Support On Solid MineralsNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, seeks to partner with the Federal Government towards harnessing the mineral resources that abound in the state.

The governor made the proposal when he paid a visit to the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

He also urged the Federal Government to look into the 13% derivation which he said the state was yet to benefit, stressing that it would help increase the state’s revenue base.

Governor Al-Makura also requested that the scope of solid minerals be expanded by establishing a mineral study outfit, as a means of employment creation for the teeming youth in Nasarawa State, north-central Nigeria.

“I would like to kindly request the Honourable Minister to grant Nasarawa State the license for industrial mineral mining; this will increase our revenue generation, especially now that we have an SPV ready to partake in this exercise.

“Besides that, I will like to assure the Honourable Minister that if Nasarawa State is vested with some support like mineral study outfit or mineral skill acquisition outfit that will help low class mineral miners to have the skills and means to prospect, I believe this will give Nasarawa State the opportunity to expand the scope of bringing different kinds of people to earn a living through mineral resources.

Focus On Diversification

“Finally, I will also like to put before the Honourable Minister the issue of derivation when it comes to mineral revenue, as it is now some of the mineral resources revenue that are being generated like Barytes and others, where the end users are in other states than Nasarawa because other state that do not even mine those minerals are the beneficiaries of the 13% derivation.

“So we want to put this before the Honourable Minister to look at it, so that we can carefully identify from which states those minerals are coming and which state deserve those derivation benefits.

“This, I believe at this very difficult period will support the state in doing so many things that will add value to the focus of the Federal Government on diversification,” he said.

Governor Al-Makura also seized the opportunity to invite the Minister to the state, in order to adequately analyse issues pertaining to solid minerals development.

“We want to extend a special invitation to you to come to Nasarawa State so that we can have a more practical interface for you to see what is there for you to support us and support the country at large,” he requested.

Accepting the invitation, Dr. Fayemi assured the governor of the Federal Government’s support to the State Government in realising its diversification drive.

“We have adopted an administrative mechanism to ensure that states are fully on board, in order to realise the objective of active participation in mining.

“Before we finish this month, I will come and I will go round myself to see those specific areas where the Federal Government can assist and partner with Nasarawa State in strengthening what you have already started by way of developing the resources that are available in your state,” the minister said.

Osinbajo: Patronise ‘Made-In-Nigeria’ Goods To Drive Economy

Yemi Osinbajo, Made-In-Nigeria, Economy, Chris Ngige, Kayode FayemiActing President Yemi Osinbajo has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s determination to drive the Nigerian economy with locally manufactured products.

Professor Osinbajo made the pledge at the 2017 National Productivity Day in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

According to him, the current economic realities indicate that continued dependence on importation is not sustainable.

He, however, called for the patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods.

“Permit me to make a comment on made-in-Nigeria initiative, which has also been recognised here.

“As the president said in his 2017 budget speech, we must grow what we eat and we must use what we make; we must patronise made-in-Nigeria products to encourage local production,” Professor Osinbajo said.

Bedrock Of Every Economy

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, stressed the importance of the occasion.

“We are here today to celebrate and reward excellence in service by recognising individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the nation.

“The National Productivity Day is therefore a day we set aside to demonstrate that high productivity is the bedrock of every economy.

“It is time to reflect on ways of energising all sectors of the economy towards our goal of institutionalising productivity consciousness and excellence in service,” the minister said.

Celebrating Criminal Brigands

The Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on his part highlighted the importance of a reward system in encouraging local entrepreneurship.

“Society can only develop and be productive when our reward systems are robust and effective.

“Good must be rewarded and evil must be punished; government can however, not do this alone.

“It is a task we must all tackle collectively right from the family unit to our community to the nation at large.

“We can only make progress and be productive when we stop celebrating criminal brigands and start recognising unsung heroes in our society,” the minister said.

The National Productivity Day has been set aside by the Federal Government to promote local production of goods and services, as well as reward indigenous entrepreneurs who are contributing to the growth of the economy.

At the 2017 edition, 15 individuals and five organisations were rewarded by the government for their contributions to Nigeria’s economy.

Nigeria Generated 2bn Naira From Solid Minerals – Fayemi

Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, NigeriaThe Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, says Nigeria generated two billion Naira from the sector in 2016.

The minister made the disclosure on Monday while presenting the ministry’s 2016 scorecard at a session in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Dr. Fayemi also revealed that the revenue projection for 2017 was set at over three billion Naira.

He explained that the revenue generated in 2016 was only from royalties, which he said was not a true reflection of the ministry’s capacity.

As part of efforts to improve on revenue generation, the minister had solicited for the support of state governments to extract minerals for the development of the sector.

He said such synergy among states would save time, resources, infrastructure and cost of tapping common resources.

Dr. Fayemi noted that development in the extractive sector would only be successful if the states were turned into economic resource corridors with the realisation that minerals were not defined by boundaries.

He stressed that beyond the major challenge of getting investors to see Nigeria as a mining destination was the need for them to work together.

Ondo Election: AD Raises Threat Alarm On Olusola Oke

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo ElectionThe Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation has cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari to save its standard bearer, Olusola Oke, from a cabal within his government.

They claim the group is bent on stopping at all cost, the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Olusola Oke, from contesting in the November 26 Ondo State governorship election by resorting to underhand methods.

Addressing a press conference in Akure on Tuesday, the Director General of the organisation, Bola Ilori, specifically pointed out some of the supposed arrowheads of the plot.

They include: Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai; Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun among others.

Ilori accused the so-called cabal in the All Progressives Congress (APC) of instigating the AD Legal Adviser, a man who is not a candidate in the forthcoming election, to institute a suit in the court.

He also alleged that the APC was planning to instigate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to invite and possibly detain Mr Oke days before the election over phantom allegations.

The campaign organisation head stated that their candidate had been severally investigated and cleared by the EFCC of any financial impropriety.

President Buhari Attends UN Plenary On Refugees And Migrants

President Buhari, UN Plenary, Refugees, MigrantsPresident Buhari on Monday attended the opening of high level plenary on ‘Addressing Movements of Refugees and Migrants’ at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Nigerian President was with his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau and Governor of Zamfara state, Abubakar Yari.

President Muhammadu Buhari is in New York for the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, and is one of the five speakers scheduled to address the plenary session.

 

President Buhari, UN Plenary, Refugees, Migrants

President Buhari joins over 190 world leaders for the high level opening meeting, which will address issues regarding large movements of refugees and migrants.

This is the first time the General Assembly has called for a summit at the Heads of State and Government level on large movements of refugees and migrants.

It is a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response.

It is also a watershed moment to strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity for creating a more responsible, predictable system for responding to large movements of refugees and migrants.

The President will also be attending the AU Peace and Security Council meeting at the AU Observer Mission Office, before meeting with the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr Matthew Rycroft CBE.

While in New York, he is also expected to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

President Buhari, UN Plenary, Refugees, Migrants

President Buhari arrived at the JFK International Airport at about 7.30 p.m. local time on Saturday, (Sunday, 1:30 a.m. Nigerian time). He was received by the Nigerian Charge De Affairs In New York, Mr Anthony Bosa.

Buhari To Address UN On Plight Of Lake Chad Basin Residents

Muhammadu-Buhari-in-New-YorkThe plight of the over nine million people in the Lake Chad Basin is one of the topics President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will present before world leaders when he addresses them on Monday.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is in New York for the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, is one of the five speakers scheduled to address the plenary session.

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Muhammadu Buhari, Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari

He is also expected to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change while attending a series of high level meetings, including one with the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Some of those on the president’s entourage are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno and the Minister of the Interior, General Abdulrahman Danbazzau.

Others are the Minister of Solid Minerals Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Matters, Abike Dabiri Erewa.

Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival in New York in pictures

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President Buhari arrived at the JFK International Airport at about 7.30 p.m. local time on Saturday, (Sunday, 1:30 a.m. Nigerian time), was received by the Nigerian Charge De Affairs In New York, Mr Anthony Bosa.

Some of the persons that received the president are the National Security Adviser and the Minister of Interior.

President Buhari will join over 190 world leaders on Monday, for a high level opening meeting, which will address issues regarding large movements of refugees and migrants.


On Monday, the President will also be attending the AU Peace and Security Council meeting at the AU Observer Mission Office, before meeting with the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mr Matthew Rycroft CBE.

Worsening Condition Of Children

The United Nations has said that at least nine million people are in urgent need of aid in Nigeria’s northeast and neighbouring countries.

The UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, Toby Lanzer, said at least $559 million would be needed in the next four months to ease the crisis in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

He said more than six million people were “severely food insecure” with 568,000 children acutely malnourished adding that the UN has appealed to Britain and other western governments for help.

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UNICEF fears 49,000 children, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are in risk of death in the region

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had also warned of the worsening condition of children around the Lake Chad who face acute malnutrition.

The UN Agency explained that of the 475,000 deemed at risk, 49,000 in Borno State will die in 2014 if they do not receive treatment.

As a result of the growing crisis, the agency has been forced to review its funding needs to $308 million to help support people affected by Boko Haram in four countries that border Lake Chad – Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon.

‘Save Lake Chad’ 

President Muhammadu Buhari had in August urged rich countries to do something urgent to save the Lake Chad from extinction, arising from the effects of climate change.

Receiving the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs Irina Bokova, in Abuja on Thursday, President Buhari warned that the failure to regenerate the Lake Chad will lead to another round of migration by the people living in the areas.

The President, who led seven ministers to an interactive meeting with the UNESCO chief, said Nigeria and the other countries of the Lake Chad Basin lacked the billions of dollars required to channel water from the Congo Basin into the lake to check its rapid depletion.

Reps Disagree With Ajaokuta Steel Concession Process To Private Firm

House-Of-Assembly-Spectrum-NCCFederal lawmakers in the House of Representatives have disagreed with the Minister of State for Solid Minerals on the process that brought about the recent modified agreement signed by the Federal Government with Global Steel Holdings Limited for the Nigerian Iron Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO), Itakpe.

At an investigative hearing in the National Assembly, Members of the House Committee on Privatization said stakeholders were not consulted prior to the signing of the agreement.

The Minister of Solid Minerals, Mr Kayode Fayemi, had on August 1, signed a renegotiated concession agreement on behalf of the federal government with Global Steel Holdings Limited for NIOMCO.

The Ministry insists that the renegotiated concession agreement would remove the obstacles which have prevented Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited from performing at optimal capacity.

But criticisms are following the agreement as the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) said they were excluded from the renegotiation process thereby making the agreement null and void since BPE, the technical partner of the National Council of Privatization (NCP) did not participate in the process.

Members of the Committee are however dissatisfied with the process that brought about the concession agreement.

They said that going forward, the Ministry of Solid Minerals should work in conjunction with the BPE to find a way forward on the signed agreement in conformity with the law.

Solid Minerals Minister Solicits Synergy Among States

Solid Minerals, Kayode FayemiThe Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged state governments to work together to extract minerals to enhance development of the sector.

Dr. Fayemi made the appeal at the 10th annual business law conference of the Nigeria Bar Association on Friday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Giving a speech on ‘Law Reform and Economic Development’, he said such synergy among states would save time, resources, infrastructure and cost of tapping common resources.

The Minister noted that development in the extractive sector would only be successful if the states were turned into economic resource corridors with the realisation that minerals are not defined by boundaries.

He stressed that beyond the major challenge of getting investors to see Nigeria as a mining destination was the need for them to work together.

Dr. Fayemi also believes the approaches will shorten and fast track work, as well as bring tangible results in the short term, in line with the present economic diversification plans of the Federal Government.

The Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Heineken Lokpobiri, on his part promised that a fund of 750 billion Naira with six per cent interest rate would be unveiled soon.

However, he said that the government might be discouraged from giving cash to farmers.

We Must Spend More On Exploration To Unlock Solid Minerals Potentials – Fayemi

Solid MineralsThe Minister of Solid Minerals on Tuesday said Nigeria needs to spend more on exploration if it wants to unlock the potentials in the solid minerals sector.

Dr Kayode Fayemi made this clear while appearing before the House of Representatives as part of the ongoing Sectoral Debate organised by the House.

He also encouraged the House to consider the possibility of ensuring that states benefit from 13% derivation in the mining sector as in the oil and gas sector.

Buhari Welcomes IAEA Support For Power Expansion

IAEAPresident Muhammed Buhari says he welcomes the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for Nigeria’s aspiration to generate electricity using nuclear energy.

The President said this on Wednesday in Abuja in company of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and a number of Ministers while receiving the Director-General of the IAEA, Mr Yukiya Amano.

He said he was happy that the organisation was developing a program from which Nigeria will benefit.

President Buhari also urged the IAEA to do more to support Nigeria in view of the long years of its association and support for the nuclear regulatory agency.

In his address, Mr Amano said that he was pleased to see that Nigeria was taking the correct steps, so far, toward a safe usage of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

The Ministers of Power, Solid Minerals, Health, Science and Technology, briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting.

They disclosed that preparatory steps taken so far included the training of doctors and other medical specialists to prepare for unforeseen circumstances, the establishment of specialist medical centres and the procurement of necessary equipment, aimed at protecting the health of the citizens.

According to the Ministers, Nigeria is aspiring to start a program in the coming years that would give the country 1,000 megawatts of electricity in the first instance, which would to be increased to 4,000 megawatts thereafter.

FG To Revoke Dormant Mining And Exploration Licenses

Kayode-Fayemi-FGThe Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Monday said that the Federal Government is set to revoke licenses in the mining and exploration sector that have been dormant and have not operated over a period of time.

Speaking during a fact finding tour to Niger State, the Minister said that the Federal Government is not out to criminalize ordinary Nigerians who are working hard to make a living for themselves, but added that if they choose to remain illegal after government has extended its hand of support, they will have to face the wrath of the law.

“Illegal mining exists, we need to stop being in denial of it. One of this government’s priorities is to provide jobs for our people. We are not criminalizing hardworking Nigerians who are trying to eke out a living for themselves rather, we are aiming to formalize the sector.

“We are working to ensure that those referred to as illegals are formalized into cooperatives to enable them contribute to the Nigerian society via taxes. After this step, anyone who chooses to remain illegal, we will wage war against them”, the Minister added.

Dr. Fayemi explained the benefits of organising the illegal miners into cooperatives and this include helping them with facilities to access finances.

“Many people in Nigeria own mining, exploration and small scale licenses and have not been operating in the places where they are issued with the licenses. This is not acceptable.

“Government have turned a blind eye to such activities for a long time, henceforth, government will no longer tolerate that. In a matter of weeks, we will publish the names of people who are holding onto dormant licenses that are not in use and give them an appropriate period to redeem themselves or revoke the licenses,” the Minister added.

Fayemi, who paid a courtesy visit to the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, after his visit to some mining sites in Paikoro and Chachanga, said that government wants mining to become the alternative revenue earner in Nigeria.

He stressed the importance of strengthening the relationship between the Federal Government and states.

“With what is happening to oil in the country, we do not have a choice but to look for alternative sources of revenue in order for Nigeria to move forward.”

Niger State Governor then called on the Federal Government to show more commitment to the development of solid minerals.

He pointed out that the over-dependence on oil has not paid the nation in recent times.

“There have not been seriousness in solid minerals and agricultural sector in the past. We have been too dependent on oil revenue which is not available to us again. We need to start developing other sectors that will be economically viable for the nation,” the Governor said.

He lauded the effort of the Minister in ensuring that those with licenses in the sector put their license to use.

“We need to get a data of owners of licenses and bring them under one umbrella. We need to formalize the sector. Something needs to be done with those who have licenses and are not using it,” he said.