The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, has emphasised the significance of technology in sanitising and repositioning the mining sector for greater productivity to achieve a substantial contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of Tinubu’s administration.
Alake stated this when he hosted the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Uche Nnaji. He said that the solid minerals sector relies on a huge dose of technology to sanitise the scientific geo-data generation, addressing security challenges and all other ancillary matters around the mining value chain.
In his remarks, Nnaji affirmed the imperative of partnership to assist the solid minerals’ ministry to take advantage of innovations that will keep the minister abreast of activities within the mining sector.
“We have a lot of innovations in science and technology. We have a satellite approach to what they do in the Solid Minerals Ministry such that even on the minister’s desk here, he can see all the licences they have issued and be able to monitor whenever there is intrusion into a mining area or someone is mining illegally. In all these, he will be able to decipher from his desk. That is part of the discussion we have held and how to actually be in consonance with the Renewed Hope agenda,” Nnaji asserted.