6th Nigeria Mining Week to hold 1st to 3rd Nov 2022

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite (middle), Minister of State, Sen. Ggbemisola Saraki (right) and the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinlade (left) at the 2022 Nigeria Mining Week pre-event Press Conference held on Tuesday, 16th August 2022 at the Ministry’s Headquarters.

In conjunction with the Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Federal Government on Tuesday, said the 6th edition of the Nigeria Mining Week is scheduled for 1st to 3rd November, 2022, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite who announced the schedule at a pre-event press conference on Tuesday, said ‘Nigeria Mining Week is the country’s leading mining sector event,’ adding that after two consecutive years of digital connection, the entire mining value chain will reconnect to explore many exciting opportunities that the mining sector of this West African block offers.

He said the progress that has been made so far to kick-start the country’s mining sector will be showcased.

The minister said the event will be organized by the Vuka Group and PwC Nigeria in collaboration with the Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), and will be designed to promote what is widely regarded as the best next investment destination for mining houses and investors.

He said government has been putting all its political will and weight behind the promotion of the sector and the event to gather investors, mining houses, thought-leaders, and innovators.

The Minister said: ‘This event forms part of our strides in beating the country’s proverbial mining drum loudly and clearly, by gracing many mining forums around the globe and communicating the message that the Nigerian Mining Sector is ready for investment and development, and the results are speaking for themselves with exciting new projects that are in active development or already up and running.’

‘Key issues to be discussed include critical mineral resources which are the building blocks for many technologies providing us with green renewable energy, ESG global trends, the journey so far on the bankable geoscientific data acquisition, downstream opportunities.

Addressing the press, the minister said: ‘It may please you to know that Nigeria is the one of the epicenters for the next technological change in the mining sector and is well positioned to support supply chain diversification as well as the security of supply on a global scale.’

‘Therefore, we are carrying a model that will enable us network with colleagues from all around the globe, hear expert analysis, secure deals in private chats, and debate the latest opportunities and challenges of the mining industry.’

Guests expected at the conference include senior level executives, including mining companies ranging from explorers, juniors to mid-tier producers, majors and processors for three days of partnering, networking and business matching.

Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, Senator Gbemisola Saraki said Year 2022 edition of the Nigeria Mining Week will welcome the entire mining ecosystem, mining companies, operators, investors, as well as governmental representation in order to discuss the key challenges and solutions surrounding the mining industry.

President of the Miners Association of Nigeria, Alh. Musa Muhammad recalled that the last two editions of 2020 and 2021 were held virtually due to the restrictions imposed as a result of Covid–19 pandemic.
Musa, who recalled that the statistics of the two digital editions are testimonies to the success of the conferences said the 2020 edition was held digitally between the 12th and 13th November, 2020.
‘The statistics of the edition posted about 1, 533 registrants, over 57 speakers in 12 sessions, 1,170 business connections on the platform, over 37,000 website views and 963,722 social media impressions,’ he said, adding that the 2021 digital edition which held on the 16th and 17th November, 2021 posted 411 people registered people for more than one session while 612 contacts were made among other progressive statistics.
‘There were 649 discussions, 1467 exchanged messages, 25,222 website visitors, 210,282 social media impressions and 41, 341 social media engagements,’ he added.

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