NMGS Makes Case for Exploration in Secure Environment
“Responsible Exploration and Exploitation of Mineral resources in a Secured Environment” was the bedrock for an exhaustive discussion at the 56th Annual International Conference and Exhibitions of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) co-sponsored by Total from March 14 – 19, 2021.
The weeklong hybrid conference that bordered on the security architecture of the country in tandem with the economic direction of government was held at the International Conference Center, Ibadan, Oyo State while other participants joined online.
“The centrality of the development of the mineral and energy sectors in the rejigging of the nation’s economy had necessitated the roll-out of series of policy initiatives aimed at not only revamping the Nigerian economy but to ensure that the economic growth arising there from are inclusive and sustainable. This means that we are not only interested in the macro-economic growth alone but in getting the growth to be felt by the most vulnerable groups of our citizens,” stated Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari in his address at the opening ceremony of the conference on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.
President Buhari was represented by Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah.
Similar sentiments were expressed by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde who welcomed participants to the state enlightening them on the state’s expectation on mineral resources. “Mineral development and exploration are currently placed on the exclusive list of the Nigerian constitution. This has retarded the development of the sector.” He further said, “the good news is that recently, Zamfara State could mine and own its gold deposits. It signals that it is time to again push for resource control for all states.”
Fellowship awards were given to Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva and others. The duo also addressed participants on the theme of the conference.
Earlier in his address at the opening ceremony, the president of the NMGS, Simon Nkom touched on the effect of Covid-19 that led to the cancellation of the conference in 2020. He welcomed participants to the new normal, hybrid conference. Nkwo remarked that, “the development of Nigeria’s roadmap for the industry is on the right track,” but reiterated that, “Private and multilateral investments needed to undertake these initiatives and programmes can only be obtained when the security of such investments is guaranteed not only in terms of returns on investments but in the physical environments where the investment is operating.”
Total staff that participated in the international conference were the General Manager and TUCN Geosciences Metiers, Chris Enuma; Manager CSR Research & Environment, Dr. James Edet; Manager Geo-Information Deep Water, Yemmy Itiola; Manager JV Authorities & Regulation, Godwin Oboh; Senior Sedimentologist, Momodu Ogwogho; Senior Synthesis Geologist, Bemigho Okome and Head External Events, Sandra John-Owoferia.
Plenary and technical sessions, short courses and awards were some of the highlights of the conference.