Gombe. State Government said it is currently focusing on creating diversified means of building its economy by improving its mineral and mining business to create job opportunities and improve revenue generation of the state.
It said it will ensure condusive environment for investors and stakeholders of mineral and mining business with a view to achieve its goals.
Executive Governor of Gombe state Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State gave the assurance through the deputy governor of the state Mr Tha’anda Jason Rubainu at a one day sensitization workshop on mining rights and obligations for traditional leaders and land owners in Gombe.
According to him, government is desirous to ensure a fair deal to both investors and the host communities through improved mineral and mining business in other to diversify its exploration of mineral resources that will assist in building its economy and improve living standards of the people.
“The onus on the government is to prevail on investor in the minerals sector to employ world-class safety standards in their operation and also improve the living standards of the host communities as part of their corporate social responsibilities. “These measures from the investors will definitely guarantee stability and sustainability of their operations and improved economy”, he added.
The governor however called on all traditional rulers and other stakeholders to participate actively and utilize the knowledge acquired for the benefit of all.
Even as he called on all people in the state to cooperate fully with
the investors who may come in to the state, assuring that government would continue to provide enabling environment to ensure the sustainability of all mineral and mining related projects in the state.
State Commissioner Ministry of Science and Mineral Development Mss. Asma’u Iganus, on her part explained that the aims of the workshop was to fully sensitize
major stakeholders on their mining rights and obligation for a successful and sustainable development of the sector.
She said, the present administration through the ministry is determined to creating more job opportunities, entrepreneurship development, diversifying and improving the internally generated revenue to the state.
She added that, the workshop was expected to create room for deliberation by all stakeholders on their common interest, as well as improve their knowledge to be used towards improved exploration of mineral resources to achieve meaningful economic development in the state.
“The ministry acknowledges growing responsibility to ensure that we provide a gathering that will capture the interest and imagination of government and the entire mining communities cum stakeholders in the minerals and mining business. This workshop brings together the common interest of all stakeholders dedicated to increasing our knowledge on mining issues, which will help in the successful and sustainable exploitation of our mineral resources for the overall benefit of the entire citizenry”. She explained.