The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Musa Sada, said the Federal Government would partner with Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and local investors to develop the mining sector.
He made the disclosure when a delegation from the Chamber visited him in Abuja on Friday.
He said the Federal Government wanted Nigerians to be major players in the mining sector, noting that the existing collaboration between the government and stakeholders in the sector would be strengthened.
He lamented that operations in the sector were being dominated by Chinese and Indians and stressed the need for Nigerians to be exposed to the sector and participate fully.
The minister said that the ministry wanted to expand the scope of stakeholders in the industry and encourage them to develop the minerals and metals sector for enhanced economic development of the country.
He urged the delegates to establish cordial relationship with the mineral and metals unit of the ministry, whose mandate was to aid and guide investors on the areas of mining in the country.
He said the promotion of limestone and clay resources by the Federal Government had led to increase in the number of ceramic companies in the country.
He assured that more Nigerians would be encouraged to participate in the activities in the mining sector.
Earlier, the KACCIMA President, Dr Abdul-Alimi Bello, said the visit was in appreciation of the ministry’s participation at the recent 35th Kaduna International Trade Fair and to brief the minister on the chamber’s activities.
Bello said that KACCIMA, which had existed for 40 years, had significantly contributed to the socio-economic growth of the country, especially the Northern part.
He intimated the minister about the forthcoming Solid Minerals Exhibition to be organised by the chamber in Kaduna.
He also solicited the ministry’s partnership in the event, particularly in educating the public on activities in the mining sector.