The president of the National Association of Miners (NAM), Alhaji Sani Shehu, has called on the incoming minister of Mines and Steel Development to pursue the development of the sector with vigour and also involve stakeholders in the development of the sector.
Sani Shehu, who spoke exclusively to LEADERSHIP, called on the new government to continue the initiative of carrying stakeholders along by involving them in all programmes that concern the development of the sector as the former minister did.
He said the former minister, Mohammed Sada, actively involved stakeholders in the planning of the regulation and other matters that concerned miners and other stakeholders.
The NAM president also said the major challenges that had faced miners in the past were the inconsistencies in the management of the ministry, poor funding, policy inconsistencies of the management and the ministry among others.
He recalled that the ministry, in its 16th year, has had nearly as many several ministers, as they are changed annually.
He said, “The ministry is the only sector with a chain of ministers which does not augur well for the development of the sector.”
Alhaji Shehu added that the inconsistency in the management of the ministry hampered the development of the sector and called on the federal government to attend to the issue.