Plans are underway to have a database for small scale and artisanal miners in the country, Alhaji Nasiru Wada has said.
Alhaji Nasiru, who is chairman of the Small Scale and Artisanal Miners Association of Nigeria, spoke when he, alongside leaders of Women in Mining, Gold Dealers Association of Nigeria, Miners for Buhari and Osinbajo, Quarry and Sand Dealers Association, paid a courtesy visit on the Minister of Mines and Steel Development in Abuja recently.
“There are areas we want to engage the new minister on. We are embarking on the formal establishment of the database for all small-scale miners operating on the field. We want to register all individual miners to help address part of the security challenges,” Wada said.
In his remarks, a former governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Isa Yuguda, who is a miner and chair of Miners for Buhari and Osinbajo, said solid minerals can contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the nation more than oil.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Architect Olamilekan Adegbite, said they were ready to partner with the association to help increase revenue from the mining sector.
“We need to promote this sector, so it will provide revenue for the government and provide employment for our people,” Adegbite said.
He told leaders of the association that government has earmarked fund to support miners in exploration and providing access to equipment in terms of leasing at not too expensive rates.