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Nigeria on a self-rediscovery, redemption mission, says D-G Mining Cadastre Office

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Mr Obadiah Nkom, the Director-General Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), says the country is in historic times as it is on a mission of self-rediscovery and redemption.

He said this during his investiture as president of the Nigeria Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) on Saturday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he was elected as the society’s 30th president in March, at its 55th Annal International Conference in Enugu.

Nkom recalled that the country prior to the discovery of oil and gas in commercial quantity was known for its tin, columbite, and coal.

“Mining was one of main-stay of the country’s economy, leading to the establishment and development of cities such as Jos and Enugu where generations were raised.

“Mines and mining camps were homes to people from diverse corners of this country, guarantying the earning of decent living wages,” he said.

This, the NMGS President said promoted cohesive family lives and above all cemented the bond among the people.

Nkom said such days were only now remembered with nostalgia, especially so, because many of the mining entities had long been consigned to the dustbin of history.

He, however, said that efforts were being made by some Nigerians to get the country back to those “winning ways again”, a reason he said the country was on a mission of self-rediscovery and redemption.

The director-general assured Nigerians that as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration enters the next level of development, the NMGS would continue to work closely and harmoniously with government and its agencies to achieve its objectives.

He noted that jobs in the oil and gas sector was becoming endangered as the world was aggressively looking for alternatives to fossil fuels.

Nkom advised that the Nigerian oil and gas sector should therefore, as a matter of fact begin to also pursue the maximisation of the potential inherent in the sector.

“Nigeria should shift from exporting unrefined crude to becoming a nation of petrol chemicals, we should pursue the conversion of this black gold into finished products and raw material feedstocks for industries.

According to him, this will hasten the country’s industrialisation process and create more jobs for teaming unemployed Nigerians.

He said it was regrettable that we export jobs that were badly needed by the teeming youth in the country.

Nkom explained that when we export crude oil, the country is denied the full benefits of our God given potential.

He, however, said that political will and a determined populace desirous of forgoing current short-time pleasure and comfort for a secured and sustainable future was required to achieve the full potential of the country’s solid mineral deposits.

According to him, in order to achieve this, there is the need for the Federal Government to formulate a licensing policy to encourage oil companies to becoming petrol-chemical producers rather than extractors and exporters of crude.

Nkom said as president of NMGS, his goal was to develop the sector and make it attractive to investors such that they would not be able to resist it.

He added that he would rely on team work to surpass the legacies of his predecessor, Prof.Silas Dada and others before him.

NAN reports that the governors of Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa were represented at the ceremony.

The ceremony was also attended by some traditional rulers from across the country, among whom was Malam Tagwai Sambo, the Chief of Marwa, in Kauro Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Edited by Ese E. Ekama

Emmanuel Mogbede

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