April 24, 2024

We’re concentrating on generating big data through exploration – Alake

Alake emerges chair of Africa Minerals Strategy Group


By Gabriel Ewepu

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake, Tuesday, disclosed on generating big data through exploration to attract investors into the solid minerals sector.

Alake made this known in a remark during a courtesy visit by the Statistician-General of Federation and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, Prince Adeyemi Adeniran in his office at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

According to a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Tomori, the Minister pledged to support investors with data to boost the growth of the mining sector.

He also noted that the importance of data in the mining sector cannot be overemphasised, given the present administration’s commitment to making solid minerals the pivot of its agenda for diversification of the economy.

He said: “Data gathering is a pillar of economic development or even societal progress. Without efficient data, you can’t make informed judgment. In the mining sector, it is more critical because we are trying to open up the sector.

“In collaboration with the World Bank, we have conducted aero-magnetic surveys in some parts of the country.

“We are concentrating on the generation of big data through exploration, and the NBS has a role to play in this because our target is on international big players.

“They need it to make informed investment decisions. We can have a very harmonious working relationship as partners, in this regard.”

The Minister maintained that the Tinubu-led administration is not relenting and had sustained efforts efforts to sanitise the sector.

Therefore, he reeled out efforts to secure the mining environment citing the establishment of the mining marshals, as a first layer of security architecture; the forming of artisanal miners into cooperatives which has helped to formalise their operations into a more structured group, making them more organised for business expansion, enhancing the capacity of government to generate accruable revenue through royalties and taxes.

According to the statement, “Conclusively, the Ministry and the NBS established a joint technical working group to harmonise areas of partnership.

Meanwhile, the statement made it known that in his submission, the Statistician-General of Federation and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, Prince Adeyemi Adeniran, revealed that the agency is on the verge of rebasing the economy this year, 10 years after the last exercise was done.

He also emphasised that the Bureau is looking at gathering data from sectors like solid minerals that are not well captured in the previous exercises, hence the need for collaboration with the Ministry to gather comprehensive data in diverse segments of the mining industry.

Speaking further, he (Adeniran) commended the Minister for sustaining the tempo of ongoing reforms, which he also stressed the need for the partnership in order to effectively capture the emerging trends in the mining sector vis-a-vis its contribution to the nation’s economy and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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