19 May 2015, Abuja – The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society, NMGS, has expressed readiness to be part of the effective development of the nation’s mineral resources as the incoming government takes over leadership of the country soon. This was made known by President, NMGS, Prof. Olugbenga Okunlola, at a press conference held in Abuja.
Okunlola said with the society’s membership of over 6,000, this enormous human resource will add value in the harnessing of the abundant mineral resources in the oil and gas, solid minerals, metallurgical, geotechnical, water and environmental sectors of the economy.
He also called on the National Assembly to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, into law and to do the nation this favour before the end of the current legislative tenure without further delay in order to tackle the challenges faced in the petroleum sector.
He said, “As part of our professional responsibility therefore, we will continue to intervene by offering advice, suggestions and having robust engagement with all relevant stakeholders. This will lead to correct, sustainable, proven, policy formulations and implementation and all such activities that can lead to the overall development of these sectors for the benefit of the whole nation at large.
“The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society is ever ready as we have been doing over the years to assist the new government in actualising its vision of developing the solid minerals sector. We have the expertise, experience and we are willing to sacrifice our time.”
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