Nigeria plans expansion of gold mining operations, train jewelers
Nigeria is planning in conjunction with some foreign partners to train some Nigerians in the art of Gold Jewellery making in a bid to expand its revenue generation and enhance the contributions of the mining sector to the economy.
Nigeria’s Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite said the initiative was designed to integrate social, environmental health and safety, economic, commercial, and technical considerations.
“We are making efforts as a ministry through the MinDiver project; experts would be coming into the country shortly once the ban on international air travel is lifted.
“We are selecting about 40 persons to be trained in Jewellery making, we are bringing in international experts and we would be picking one person per state, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“Essentially, they are going to be training the trainers who will also train others across the federation. Apart from the gold itself, we are also looking at turning gold to Jewellery,“ the minister said.
The minister noted that the essence was to add value to the country`s gold, create employment and boost the economy in line with the government’s economic diversification programme.
Nigeria has launched a Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI), a comprehensive artisanal and small scale gold mining development programme to foster the formalisation and integration of artisanal gold mining activities into the country`s legal, economic, and institutional framework.
Adegbite, however, called on interested investors to invest in the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI), adding that it was open to interested investors.
“While the government’s proof of consent goes on, we encourage individuals, especially Nigerians who are interested in mining to put their monies into the initiative,“ Adegbite said.
Adegbite stressed that the underlining principle of every government project should be the impact it had on the people and the benefits so derived.