The Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) have declared their support for Hon Abubakar Bawa Bwari to be confirmed as substantive Mininster of Mines and Steel Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The declaration was revealed in a statement titled ‘Why we support Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s recommendation that Hon Abubakar Bawa Bwari be confirmed as substantial Hon. Mininster of Mines and Steel Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria’ signed by the National President, Alhaji Sani Shehu.
According to Alhaji Shehu “The Miners Association of Nigeria has been critical to the growth and development of the mining sector. As the umbrella association of licensed miners in Nigeria, MAN has watched the progress scored by the Fayemi team since the team came into office in 2015, and we are inspired by the achievements scored for the sector under his watch.
As a result, we hereby call on His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to honour the outgoing Minister’s call for the elevation of the Ag Minhis assistant, Abubakar Bawa Bwari to the position of Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel.
While we state categorically that government needs to do so much more to realize the full potential of the mining sector in order to attain economic diversification vis development of the sector, we also commend the former minister – Dr John Kayode Fayemi for the remarkable achievements scored under his watch.
He said “We also commend the unity of the team in pursuit of an agenda that is being responsibly pursued even as they are achieving some mandates of the ministry.
“Together, Fayemi and Bwari have worked together to significantly increase the revenue generated from the sector and its contribution to national GDP, a feat that shows that the country’s revenue base is being diversified from dependence on crude oil”.
The Statement added that “The team was also able to develop the sector and improve its capacity to create jobs and broaden the range of economic opportunities available to Nigerians while promoting and ensuring environmental justice and sustainability in mining operations.
Together with Bawa Bwari, the administration developed the initiative to work with security institutions for the safety and security in the country, by the strict monitoring of the movement and usage of explosives.
We are sure that Bawa Bwari will be able to continue the progressive pursuit of the administration’s set goals for the sector.
The Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) after considering and evaluating various factors relevant to the development of the country’s mining sector, has decided to throw its weight behind the call for the elevation of the Acting Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Hon. Abubakar Bawa Bwari who succeeded his ‘brother’ and predecessor, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi on Thursday May 31st 2018.
Alhaji Shehu recalled that Dr Fayemi, at a valedictory press briefing on Wednesday 30th May, 2018, described his former deputy minister, Alh Abubakar Bawa Bwari as a suitable man who can replace him, and carry-on the agenda of the administration in the mining sector.