Kaduna — The Nigeria Society of Mining Engineers (NSME) has tasked the Federal Government to provide necessary equipment and other resources to ensure the country produces the required manpower to diversify the economy through solid minerals.
President of NSME, Dr. Ebenezer Damisa, who made the call over the weekend in Kaduna said, "The issue of trained manpower with adequate technical skills is another major constraint militating against optimum management of the mining sector."
He said many universities did not offer mining engineering programme in Nigeria and that recent graduates of some institutions that offered the course did not possess the practical training required.
"We urge the Federal Government to provide the necessary equipment and other resources needed for the training of skilled manpower to the newly established mining engineering programme at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and other existing institutions where mining is offered," he said.
The president also urged the government to pass the enabling law of the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences (NIMG) Jos, the means to function as a training institute for all aspects of mineral resources development.
"We urge the Federal Government to exercise the political will to resuscitate the dying hope of Nigeria's industrialisation - the Ajaokuta steel plant and the National Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe," Dr. Damisa also said.