A group of solid mineral miners, processors, traders, quarry operators, workers and sand dredgers have promised to mobilised five million votes for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming election.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday when the group visited the campaign office of the APC Women and Youth Campaign organisation, led by the wife of the President Aisha Buhari, the group said they are self group who contribute among ourselves to carryout support programmes for the re-election of the president.
On the reasons for their endorsement of the president, the group’s convener, Alhaji Saleh Abu Katsina, said a road map for the growth and development of the Nigeria mining industry was develop to deepen reforms, attract local and foreign investors and collaborate with network of stakeholders to build an enabling mining environment.
“Establishment of artisanal and small scale financing support fund in which 5 Billion Naira is available with bank of industry (30!) at %5 interest rate.
“Set up equipment leasing and hire purchase under which mining and processing equipment is accessible to artisanal and small scale miners
“Introduce National Gold Purchase scheme to promote the production, aggregation and refining of Nigeria Gold Purchase through the CBN under the Federal Government Gold Reserve Treasury Scheme.
“Funding has improved tremendously in the last three years and this include the release of (i) 30 Billion Naira intervention fund for exploration project (ii) A 150 Million dollar world bank loan was secured for funding of the man diver programme.”
Responding on behalf of the wife of the president, General Buba Marwa, promised to deliver the group’s positions to the appropriate quarter.