“A national mining event, which we hope will grow into an international event” is how the President of the Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), Alhaji Sani Shehu, describes the upcoming, inaugural Nigeria Mining Week which is taking place in Abuja in October.
Following the enthusiastic response from the mining community and the Nigerian government to the inaugural iPAD Nigeria Mining Forum in partnership with PwC Nigeria last year, MAN has joined forces with organisers Spintelligent and PwC Nigeria to create an all-encompassing meeting place for the sector.
According to the MAN President, Alhaji Sani Shehu, “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”.
International mining event for Nigeria
The Nigeria Mining Week will comprise a grand opening, where Nigeria’s Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, will deliver the welcome address, as well as the second edition of the iPAD Nigeria Mining & Quarrying Forum in partnership with PwC conference and exhibition, and then 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.
MAN President Sani Shehu says his expectations for the Nigeria Mining Week include: “to discuss and analyse the recently approved Mining Road-map with the view of operators playing their expected role to achieve the desired aspirations. Also to expose Nigerian minerals’ potentials to attract foreign investors and to set up a follow-up mechanism to see to the implementation of the communique reached at the end of the event.”
He adds that the event “will become a continuation of the journey that will terminate at an international annual mining event for Nigeria”.
Industry support for forum
The country’s mining industry is showing its buy-in again with Bank of Industry already signed up as the silver sponsors while well-known companies such as Advocaat, Aelex, Akabogu & Associates, Banwo & Ighodalo, Kian Smith Trade & Co, Nigachem Nigeria Ltd, Palladium Mining Ltd and SBOG are also confirmed as bronze sponsors.
The Nigeria Mining Week is organised by the Miners Association of Nigeria in partnership with Spintelligent and PwC Nigeria. Spintelligent is a well-known trade conference and expo organiser on the continent. The company has particular expertise and experience in mining and infrastructure development events; including the long running flagship shows such as the iPAD series, the DRC Mining Week, CBM-TEC in Zambia, the Kenya Mining Forum in Nairobi and African Utility Week in Cape Town.
Nigeria Mining Week dates and location:
Conference and showcase: 25-28 October 2016
Event location: Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria