P H O T O N E W S: COMEG, NGSA collaborate for development of mining and geosciences


The Director-General, Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), Dr Garba Abdulrazaq (4th from left) and the Registrar/CEO, Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists, (COMEG), Prof Zacheus Opafunso (3rd from left) flanked on both sides by the management staff of the agencies, during a working visit of COMEG Management Team to NGSA Head Office, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

The Management of the Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) has collaborated with the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) for the development of the country’s mining and geosciences sectors.

Registrar/CEO, COMEG, Prof Zacheus Opafunso receiving some important documents on the sector and mandate of NGSA from the Director-General, NGSA, Dr Garba Abdulrazaq.

The agencies agreed that inter-agency collaboration is vital to the holistic development of the sector noting that it will facilitate the realisation of government’s set goals for the mining sector.

They further agreed that a front-line goal of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is the quest to reposition the mining sector for improved revenue generation toward diversifying the economy.

Director-General, NGSA, Dr Garba Abdulrazaq receiving the Act that established COMEG from the Registrar/CEO, COMEG, Prof Zacheus Opafunso

Prof Opafunso described NGSA as the singular public institution with the highest number of practicing geoscientists, noting that professionals at NGSA must commit to the advancement of the Mining and Geosciences profession through Continuous Professional Development with support from the NGSA.

The Management Teams discussed areas of mutual interestOne of the areas of collaboration is registration drive. Prof Opafunso noted that all professionals in the sector must be abreast of advancement in the sector, and called on NGSA to enforce compliance with regulatory standards in the industry.

Prof Zacheus Opafunso signing the Visitors Register at the Geological Museum of the NGSA while Dr Garba Abdulrazaq looks on with keen interest

According to him, ‘the quest for effective regulation of the mining and Geosciences sector and the drive for compliance is a task of all,’ adding that NGSA can collaborate with COMEG by insisting that Mining and Geosciences professionals in its employ must register with COMEG. This, he said will trigger paradigm shift in quality of service delivery and revenue generation.

Dr Garba who conducted Prof Opafunso around the NGSA Museum where various various solid minerals are on display. He explained pertinent features of the geology of Nigeria, while Prof Opafunso listened with interest.


The Director, National Geological Information Centre (NGIC), NGSA, Mrs Bola Akinwande discusses the significance of the geological collections while pointing to the banner showcasing the Centenary Anniversary of the NGSA. Earlier, Dr Garba noted that the NGSA celebrated its Centenary in Year 2019.


Prof Opafunso appreciates features of a solid mineral collection while Dr Garba and other Members of Management watch with keen interest.


Dr Garba Abdulrazaq further conducted Prof Opafunso and his Management around recent developments at the agency. While pointing to one of the recently acquired Drilling Rigs, the Director General explained that in addition to being used for exploration purposes, the Drilling Rigs would also serve as instrument for increased revenue generation.





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