The importance of professionalism in the Extractive Industry cannot be overemphasized, as such, all hands must be on deck to ensure that the Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG) succeeds in its mandate as the foremost regulator of the professionals in the sector.
Olamilekan Adegbite, The Honorable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, made this known in Abuja during the 10th Induction and Public Presentation of Instruments of Practice of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists.
Adegbite said the sector is expected to provide jobs and prosperity for Nigerians, and should not be operated as an all Comers’ affair.
According to the minister, President Muhammadu Buhari has placed a level of importance in the Mines and Steel sector as one of the major focus of his administration to diversify the economy with commensurate support in funding.
He announced that the ministry has secured a befitting office accommodation for COMEG to ensure that the Council is repositioned and rejuvenated for growth and effective service delivery.
Uchechukwu Samson Ogah, the Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development at the event called the inductees to be good ambassadors of the Council, to continue to uphold the tenets of the council so as to move the sector to its next level.
Godspower Ebimotimi Okpoi, the Chairman, COMEG, in his welcome address, said that efforts will continue towards enhancing the registration of more professionals and companies to ensure that quackery in the extractive sector is reduced to the barest minimum, and eventually eliminated in the country.
He said the council inducted 150 professionals and three corporate members, with the oath administered by the Registrar/CEO, COMEG, Prof. Zacheus Opafunso.
While Opafunso appreciated the ministers for the support they always give to COMEG, which, he said, is assisting the agency to gradually find its feet.
He admonished the inductees to always pay their dues to enable the Council to carry out its responsibilities.