The Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) has inducted 578 professional members as part of efforts to further improve activities within the sector.
At the 6th induction ceremony of the council in Abuja, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Musa Mohammed Sada, charged the council to regularly develop and enforce the mandatory training programmes for all professionals in the industry.
This, he said, was aimed at exposing them to modern technological development needed to solve challenges being faced by mining operators.
Sada advised COMEG to meet President Goodluck Jonathan's Vision 20:2020 mandate on the minerals and metals sector.
They include preparation of bankable feasibility study reports, as well as computer-based applications and software for mineral exploration involving remote-sensing and airborne geophysical data.
The minister also emphasised the need for a functional code of conduct, ethics, legal rights and responsibilities, among others.
He however lauded the introduction of the categorisation of the various professionals by the council in line with their levels of qualifications.
According to him, this would help greatly in sanitising the mining sector.
Also speaking on the event, the chairman of the council, Chief Chambers Oyibo, stated that in line with the Vision 20:2020 of the president, the council will soon conduct a professional development training programme for at least 100 professionals in the mining/quarrying industry by the end of this month.
He appealed to the minister to use his good office to secure the collaborative support of the Ministers of Water Resources, Environment, Science and Technology, Works, Lands and Housing as well as Petroleum Resources to prevail on registrable professionals in their ministries and agencies to comply with the COMEG Act.