Event to ‘re-launch Nigeria as a mining destination’

Event to re launch Nigeria as a mining destinationMining could become increasingly important for Nigeria, given current low oil prices. (Image source: jbdodane/Flickr)This year, on 18-19 November, the Nigerian capital Abuja will host the iPAD Nigeria Mining Forum

The event, to take place in the Transcorp Hilton, aims to promote the opportunities which the sector offers for both the public and private sector in the country and, in the words of organisers, “to re-launch Nigeria as a great mining destination”.

There are major mineral deposits in the country’s north-central, north-east and north-west regions which remain untapped, with between 80 and 85 per cent of mining activities presently taking place in Nigeria still occurring through artisanal and small scale mining.

“The reduction in global crude oil prices has once again highlighted the need for Nigeria to diversify the revenue base of the economy and we hold strongly that one key sector which offers great potential in achieving this is the sold minerals sector,” said Cyril Azobu, mining sector leader and head consulting at PwC Nigeria.

PwC Nigeria is one of the official partners for the event, which will be organised by leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Spintelligent, in partnership with the African office of UK company Clarion Events Ltd.

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