Over 150 companies to feature in Nigerian mining summit —Minister

Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Honourable Abubakar Bawa Bwari; Director, Mines Inspectorate, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Dauda Awojobi and the Regional Director, West Africa, Afrocet Montgomery, George Pearson, during a press briefing on the launch of CONMIN West Africa and the National Mining Summit, in Abuja, on Friday.
  • As ministry partners Afrocet, Deloitte, others

NO fewer than 150 companies and operators would be participating in the National Mining Summit billed for the first quarter of next year, as part of plans by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development to scale up activities  and drive investment in the sector.
The Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Honourable Abubakar Bawa Bwari, disclosed this on Friday during a joint press briefing by the ministry and other international partners on the planned national mining summit .
The Minister stated that the exhibition and summit is a joint-venture between the Ministry and Afrocet Montgomery, IMAG and Deloitte Consulting scheduled to hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja from April 25 to 27, 2017.
According to Honourable Bwari, the Summit would be centred on the recently approved Mining Road Map, adding that it would be an international platform for the Federal Government to introduce to the international mining community a regime of robust mining legislation, pro-growth policies and supporting regulatory framework that would create a globally competitive platform for stakeholders in the nation’s mining and mineral processing sector.
He stated further that the summit would also attract key local, regional and international mining stakeholders ranging from the Federal Government, state governments, International diplomats, policy makers, investment funds, financial institutions, consultants, mining operators, among others.
Bwari disclosed that the summit would attract over 150 companies that would exhibit their products/services through custom-built exhibition booths, noting that about 3,000 visitors are expected from West Africa mining and construction sectors.
He, however, said the summit would be at no cost to the ministry, adding that the ministry would provide high level support towards the success of the event.