BY EMEKA MAMAH
The Federal Government has said that it would soon cancel the licences of ‘’underperforming miners’’ of solid minerals, particularly coal to make room for serious players in the industry.
The Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo made this known when the Dangote Group paid him a courtesy visit at State House, Abuja yesterday.
He commended the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote over his huge investment in sugar production in the country, saying that his efforts would go a long way in creating employment opprtunities for millions of Nigerians.
According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Vice President, Media and Publicity, Mallam Umar Sani, Sambo also commended the group for its other laudable initiatives while promising government’s incentive to the private sector in the development of the Nigerian economy
Commenting on solid minerals, Sambo assured of government’s incentive to the private sector in the development of the sector, adding that arrangements had been completed to cancel the licenses of underperforming miners.
He further said that the aim of advertising same was to ‘’attract more serious investors.’’
While congratulating the Dangote Group on its plan to undertake Concrete Road projects which he described as good as it would remove the problems associated with routine maintenance, he further assured of governments readiness to partner the private sector on A Public Private Partnership, PPP, arrangement especially in the areas of infrastructural development.
Earlier, the Chairman Dangote Group Alhaji Dangote had said that the firm had acquired about 260,000 hectres of land to develop sugar plantations in Adamawa and Taraba States while plans were under way to acquire more land in Bauchi and Yobe States for the completion of the Kafin Zaki Dam.
Dangote then expressed the readiness of Dangote Group to partner government on a PPP basis to ensure the realization of the projects.