Lagos - Stakeholders are upbeat at the
revival of the country’s mining sector.
This follows the conclusion of the Infrastructure
Partnerships for African Development (iPAD) Nigeria Mining Forum held in Abuja.
More than 200 mining professionals gathered at the
inaugural event held in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria.
Nicole Smith, event director of the iPAD Nigeria Mining
Forum, said the event was a huge boost for the West African country’s mining
“Gathering all the stakeholders to discuss the challenges
and the way forward in Nigeria’s mining sector has been a huge boost in
confidence for the industry and mining professionals in the country are very
optimistic about the sector’s imminent rejuvenation,” said Smith.
PwC Nigeria’s Mining Sector Leader and Head of
Consulting, Cyril Azobu, was also upbeat.
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“We are very pleased with the fruitful interaction that
took place at this inaugural forum. As leading advisors to the mining industry,
PwC works with clients to unlock opportunities in this industry. It is clear
that mining is facing an exciting future in Nigeria,” said Azobu.
Nigeria’s vastly underexploited natural resources include
about 44 varieties of minerals in over 500 locations.
iPAD Nigeria Mining Forum attendees included current and
prospective investors, legal advisors, regulators, mining professionals and
The Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals was an official
supporter of the event.
Sanusi Jibril, Head of Minerals and Metals Promotion at
the ministry said the forum provided a platform for interactions between most
stakeholders in the mining industry, particularly the private sector players
and government institutions.
“It has created a better understanding on the roles
expected to be played by both the government and the private sector in the
development of a productive mining industry,” said Jibril.
The event was organised by Spintelligent,
leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the
African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK in partnership with PwC
- CAJ News