By Musa Adamu
Arising from the maiden edition of the National Council for Mining and Mineral Development in Abuja, stakeholders in the sector have made a number of recommendations, including a private of a single window export policy.
According to a communique released after the two days brainstoming, said this modalities should be put in place at every exit point and Ports in the country for Quantity and Quality analysis.
It said this would monitor and record all mineral exports and ascertain appropriate royalties and certifications, including the installation of weigh bridges, credible international inspection outfits and the likes.
It said: “This will also promptly address the mineral revenue leakage that occurs through the exit Ports.”
The Council held between 12th-14th September with the theme: ‘’Enhancing
Mineral Resources Governance Towards Economic Growth and Diversification.’’
The Council Meeting was preceded by a two – day Meeting of the officials from 12th -13th September, 2017, with the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, presided over the Meeting.
In all, 36 Memoranda were considered under five thematic areas, including minerals sector governance – Challenges of Federal/State Co-Operation and collaboration, Overview and Perspective of Illegal Mining Operations in Nigeria: Overcoming the Menace and Illegal Mining and Export Challenges:
Other thematic areas were Effective Monitoring of Mines Field: Imperatives for Reduction of Security Challenges and Economic Sabotage and Enhancing Effective Regulatory and Legal Framework for the Mining Sector.
The communique further recommended that there should be synergy among federal, state governments and local government areas through the instrumentality of Minerals Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO).
It further urged the federal government to encourage indigenous participation in the mining sector.
On the issue of consent, its expresses support for the Ministry’s stated intentions to explore feasible administrative models to involve states in the process of issuance of consent only for the granting of minerals titles, collection of levies by state governments for sand mining, burrowing and related activities should be in line with extant Laws and regulations.
“Government should encourage value addition plants from Ores to Concentrates with appropriate and reasonable incentives, the on-going formalization of the Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Groups into Cooperatives should be maintained and continuously invigorated, curbing of illegal mining activities should be pursued continuously and existing framework to curb minerals smuggling should be activated by relevant agencies.
“Existing audit and control mechanisms for monitoring of mineral exports to curb under-declaration of mineral exports should be strengthened; The repatriation of proceeds, royalties and taxes accruing from exported minerals through the appropriate government procedures and channels should be vigorously pursued.”