Extractive industry receives new 214 engineers, geoscientists
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, said the ministry was diversifying mining sector to boost economy and create jobs for unemployed youths.
The minister, who disclosed this at the 11th induction ceremony of 214 professionals into Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG), in Abuja, commended the council for striving to discharge its mandate of continuous registration of professionals in the sector.
He said the ministry was working with COMEG to review its Act, which would bring the council at par with similar councils, making it more responsive to its professionals.
He also said diversifying the mining sector to make it sustainable to boost economic and create job for unemployed youths was the ministry’s focus.
“The diversification agenda of the Federal Government rests on mining sector, as one of the sectors to bring back the economy on stream. Nigeria has relied on oil and gas over the years.
“Even fuel is not selling as it used to. This administration has chosen agriculture to revive the economy and diversify away from reliance on oil. There is no way you can develop sector such as mining without qualified professionals. So, COMEG is very important,” he said.
COMEG’S Chairman, Dr. Godspower Ebimotimi Okpoi, said: “Presently, COMEG has done 2021 accreditation exercise of programmes in tertiary institutions that offer courses that are under its control to regulate. The 2021 mandatory professional examination was conducted and a follow-up online examination for those who could not take the examination physically.
“ We are here today because of candidates that passed the examination. I hope you will be good ambassadors of the profession. You must practise within the ambit of the rules and regulations, under which you are inducted.”
The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade, who was represented by the Director, Human Resources, Alhaji M. K. Suleiman, charged inductees to protect their profession to ensure quacks did not overrun the sector.
The Register/CEO, Prof. Zacheus Opafunso, said the induction’s objective was to affiliate Nigeria with the National Board, so that mineral report from Nigeria could be recognised by multinationals.