The Executive Governor of Plateau State Rt Hon (Dr) Simon Bako Lalong KSGG, received the National President and members of the Nigerian Minning and Geosciences Society (NMGS) who were on a courtesy call to his office at the Government House Rayfield.
Receiving the delegation on behalf of the Governor, the Secretary to the Government of the State (SGS) Prof Danladi Abok Atu welcomed the president and members of his team to the State which he described as the home of mining which earned Jos the name Tin City.
Prof Atu further stated that mining is a critical sector in the economic development of the State, that is why the State created a ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Prof Atu added that the Governor was eager to receive the delegation when he heard they were coming to the State. As experts in the field of mining, the SGS charged the body to bring sanity into the mining industry as mining activities work hand in hand with security as mining sites bring all manner of people who perpetrate evil under the guise of mining just like Plateau State have witnessed in communities of Kanam and Wase. Prof Atu then urged the society to ensure that its members are duly registered to enable them to carry out their legitimate business.
Prof Atu then welcomed the decision of the body to upgrade its institution in the State to a Minning Museum but further advised that it’s high time the society establish a Minning University which he assured the State Government’s Collaboration.
In an address by the President of the Nigerian Minning and Geosciences Society (NMGS), Prof Ababa C.D Charles commended Rt Hon Simon Bako Lalong for his exemplary leadership in the state and also the Northern region as the chairman of the Forum of Governors from the region in which he has drawn the attention of the Federal Government to the challenges being faced by the mining sector, particularly security challenges being experienced in mineral-rich areas which pose a great risk to their profession.
Speaking Further Prof Alabo said Jos occupies a very special place in the Society as it hosted the Secretariat of the NMGS for several years until recently that it was moved to Abuja, however on the recommendation of the council, Jo’s secretariat has been modified to the NMGS National Museum and appealed to the State Government to support the Society by upgrading the Structures which has previously housed IDP’s in the State.
Alabo then thanked Governor Lalong for appointing members of the society into key positions of his administration as Commissioner, Permanent Secretaries, and head of government parastatals and agencies, also formally inviting him to the inauguration of the State Leadership of the body which is part of their visit to the State.