By Gabriel Ewepu
THE Miners Association of Nigeria, MAN, has joined forces with West African miners to harmonise mining practices in the sub-region.
The National President, MAN, Sani Shehu, disclosed that Nigeria will host the Federation of West African Chambers of Mines, FWACM, in Abuja on July 4-5, 2017.
He said MAN was part of the FWACM, because of the chamber was established to pursue common course and areas of interest that would tackle challenges like artisanal mining, Chinese traders in mineral resources, funding, technical issues, interventions, structure, and others.
According to the mining boss part of the prospects of the FWACM, include knowledge sharing in the area of artisanal mining handling which could be adopted in another country, technology sharing in the area of excavation, because West African countries share similar geology, how mining communities and companies could co-exist, and all these areas are of mutual benefits to them as members.
He said: “We have established the Federation of West African Chambers of Mines, and we rotate our meeting from one West African country to another, we held the last one in Ghana, while the previous one was in Cote D’IVoire, and now is Nigeria’s turn to host the meeting. Our headquarters is in Ghana and we are working with the African Union, AU, and Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has been supportive to us.
“We focus on mining development in West Africa sub-region, and we are like a pressure group because part of our assignment is to encourage West African governments to have uniform legislation on mining activities because of the similar challenges we have, like artisanal miners, Chinese mining traders of mineral resources, funding, technical issues, interventions, legislation, structure, and others.