By Kingsley Adegboye
The Federal government has promised to provide the enabling environment and level playing ground for operators in the mining and steel sub- sector of the economy.
The Minister of Mines and Steel, Musa Muhammed Sada who made the promise, assured that the partnership effort with the private sector will guarantee the successful implementation of the government’s Backward Integration Programme.
The Minister who spoke last week during the official inauguration of Sun & Sand Industries Africa Nigeria limited, Otta, Ogun State, also assured the company which produces ferrous and non-ferrous metal alloys for export, that the government will consider its formal request for Cadastral Mine Allocation . Sada explained that from what he had seen at the company’s site, it is fully ready for mining.
Partner in the steel sector
“We cannot be thinking of this type of programme without people like you because you are in the business of making the programme a huge success. Your company is an addition to steel production in Nigeria. You have become a partner in the steel sector of the national economy. My Ministry is ready to support your company because we know it will create job opportunities for Nigerians which is the main objective of the backward integration programme of the government”, Sada said.
Speaking earlier, the founder and managing director of the company, Shweta Satija described Sun & Sand Industries as one of the largest manufacturing facilities in Nigeria. The company produces alloys of aluminum, copper, lead and Aluminum wire rod. The company, he said, has large and diverse range of operations that include manufacturing and export of ferrous and nonferrous alloys such as aluminum alloys, copper alloys, tin alloys, lead alloys and wire rods.
Sun & Sand Industries according to him, is the first company in Africa to export engineering products to technologically advanced countries.