By Etuka Sunday
Mr Alex Ndubuisi, the Director-General of Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), said the agency would intensify efforts to generate more credible geo-sciences data to ensure development of solid minerals.
Ndubuisi stated this in Abuja at a reception organised by the NISE Town Union to mark his recent appointment as the new the Director-General of the agency.
He said although the programme of generating credible data had been ongoing, more effort would be intensified to generate more.
He said that the availability of credible geo-sciences data in the country had become necessary as it would increase the interest of investor and competitiveness in the sector.
Ndubuisi said that the agency would make available enough geosciences data for research, industry and investors
“The agency, being responsible for the generation of geosciences data, my vision is to increase the level of geosciences data available in this country.’’
He said that the agency would take things one after the other toward investment in the solid mineral sector with a credible geosciences data.
He said that the Minister of Mines and Steel Development had drawn up a lot of policy which would actually encourage people to invest in the solid mineral sector.
He said that mining was a long time business but Nigeria had to start from somewhere, adding that “we are pushing even though we are trying to increase the tempo’’.
Mr Musa Sada, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, urged the director-general to turn around the agency as the ministry would support him to move the agency to the next level.
The minister, who was represented by Mr John Mshelia, the Director of Planning, Policy and Administration Management, said that the ministry would encourage the development of credible data gathering in the country.
The Chairman of NISE, Mr Don Obiekie, advised the director general to uplift the standard of the agency, appealing to the staff to support him, to achieve the transformation agenda of the current administration.