PricewaterhouseCooper, PwC, is partnering with the Miners Association of Nigeria and Spintelligent for the inaugural of Nigeria mining week. Kayode Fayemi, minister of mines and steel development, will deliver the welcome address at the event which is billed to take place in Abuja from October 25 to 27.
The Nigeria Mining Week which is organised by the Miners Association of Nigeria is set to hold alongside the second edition of the iPAD Nigeria Mining and Quarrying Forum in partnership with PwC Nigeria.
The organisers hope it will grow into an international event as an all-encompassing meeting place for the mining sector, and will comprise a grand opening, strategic conference, technology and services showcase, various workshops for artisanal and small scale miners, followed by a grand closing.
The event is hosted by the ministry of mines and steel development and will welcome the entire mining ecosystem comprising of artisanal and small scale miners, junior mining operators, exploration companies, local and international investors, financial institutions, traders, solution providers as well as government bodies to meet and discuss the current state of the market.
Cyril Azobu, advisory partner and mining sector leader, says this of the partnership, “Building on the success of the PwC Mining round table in November 2014, we are very happy to have partnered with iPAD Nigeria to organise the Nigeria Mining Forum which held in November 2015. The forum opened the door to an exclusive networking opportunity for key stakeholders as well as technology solution providers who were seeking a new market and new clients for mineral exploration and extraction. It also afforded an opportunity for close interaction with policy makers to elucidate on their plans for the sector.
“As leading advisors to the mining industry with mining professionals in all significant mining territories which includes Nigeria, PwC Nigeria is proud to team up with MAN and iPAD Nigeria to host the first edition of the Nigeria Mining Week, and we look forward to a very robust interaction.”
Sani Shehu, MAN President, said, “The industry should know that with the renewed government interest in mining development in Nigeria and the incentives such as tax holidays, removal of export duty for mining equipment and readiness of indigenous operators to partner with foreign investors, Nigeria is now a re-emerging mining nation worth exploring.”
Ola Alokolaro, managing partner, head of energy and infrastructure group, Advocaat Law Practice and panellist in the iPAD Nigeria Mining and Quarrying Forum in partnership with PwC Nigeria conference said, “We need to look at quick win mining projects to showcase Nigeria as a mining destination. The forum must build on its success of last year to ensure the mining sector and the opportunities abound and remain in everyone’s consciousness.”
Oluwaseun Olatunji, managing director, S.B. Olatunji Global Nigeria Limited, SBOG, a returning bronze sponsor, believes “Knowledge about Nigeria’s mining potential is very sketchy; therefore the need to aggressively pursue the objective of showcasing what we have to offer the world and thereby grow our local economy in the process”
Other industry supporters at the event are Bank of Industry as silver sponsors while well-known companies such as Aelex, Akabogu & Associates, Banwo & Ighodalo, Kian Smith Trade & Co, Nigachem Nigeria Ltd and Palladium Mining Ltd are also confirmed as bronze sponsors.
— Oct 31, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT