As part of efforts to ensure professionalism in the minerals and metals sector of the economy, the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) yesterday inducted 362 new members and 23 corporate bodies into the council.
At the ceremony held in Abuja yesterday, chairman of the council, Chief Chambers Oyibo, said the event was in accordance with the statutory provisions of the COMEG Act which made it mandatory for all qualified persons to be registered with body.
He said the 7th induction ceremony, the second since the inauguration of the present council had brought the total number of professionals registered by the COMEG to 1,998 individuals and 69 corporate members.
Oyibo stated that In the past one year, the council had sustained professionalism in the Nigerian extractive industries in line with world best standards, adding that the council's efforts included "professional development training workshop in the solid minerals sector, restoration of the GEM magazine, inauguration of the 1st Geosciences and Mining Assembly, introduction of pre-registration examination for all categories of members to set and maintain standards as well as renew membership and revenue drive with the objective of sensitising the professionals in both academia and industry on the importance of COMEG registration.
He listed the challenges facing the council to as "lack of permanent office accommodations, inability to continue to conduct accreditation programmes to set and maintain standards, the nonchalant attitude of registered members towards settlement of practicing fees which has accumulated to over N40million and poor execution of national policies."
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Musa Mohammed Sada, said the need for professionalism in the sector and in the oil and gas sector industry was critical to the development of the Nigerian economy.
He urged the inductees to embrace the ethics of the profession code in order to promote and sustain the standards of practice in the extractive industry.