The National President of Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), Sani Shehu, has echoed what others have said on the Government of Nigeria’s lack of commitment to developing the country’s mining sector.
Expressing his opinion on the state of mining in Nigeria, Shehu mentioned three obstables, unavailability of data, modern equipment and poor attitude had resulted in lack of investment, according to Concise News .
Shehu said, “The main challenges investors face in the sector are data generation and poor attitude of some state governors. This impacts negatively on efforts to diversification the nation’s economy, as well as employment and revenue generation.”
He added,” All levels of government should cooperate and make it easy for investors to start operations. But it is discouraging when they call it illegal mining.”
According to Shehu, another challenge Nigeria faces is poor infrastructure, as well as the access to latest mining equipment and technology. “Indigenous operators find it difficult to acquire equipment and technology.”
Shehu’s comment comes during the time when there has been calls from different commentators for Nigeria to diversify its economy from heavy reliance on crude oil exports.