Fayemi stated this during a visit to the National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency in central north state of Kaduna.


He said policies were underway to ensure that the sector becomes a major employer of labor.

The minister said President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated the ministry to ensure that the sector attracted foreign direct investment.

According to him, there are minerals that can be processed to manufacture finished goods to generate employment, noting that the government will create an enabling environment for the private sector.

Fayemi stressed the need to support artisan miners to access funds to improve their crafts to generate more revenue, adding that miners in the sector sell directly to middlemen at low price without any gain.

The minister called on miners to adhere to the mineral and mining act for their benefit and that of their communities. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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