MINDIVER, a success story in the mining sector- Minister

Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, says the World Bank assisted Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification (MINDIVER) project has recorded many successes.
According to Adegbite, the project is predicated on the 10-year roadmap that was done for the sector about four years ago.
Citing some of the success stories, Adegbite said that MINDIVER had helped in the remote sensing project which the ministry was using now.
“With that project we are connected to satellite, and we can locate artisanal miners and small scale miners where the activities are taking place.
“Once we locate them where they are, we now send out people on foot to meet them, the whole essence is to educate and formalise these artisanal miners so that we bring them into the fold.”
The minister also said that through the MINDIVER, the ministry had upgraded its cadastre system.
He explained that the cadastre office was the office that gave out licences, adding that it was the soul of the mining business as one could not do any mining business without having a licence.
“Now, our licencing system. It’s an online platform, from the comfort of your offices, your homes, anywhere in the world, you can access our platform.
“If somebody comes to you and says I have licence for gold in Zamfara, you can go to that platform and ascertain the genuineness of that licence.


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