The Federal Government has urged mining companies to integrate communities into their operations to foster good relations between the community and the company.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite in a statement issued by his media aide, Ayodeji Adeyemi at the weekend.
While on a facility tour of Multiverse Mining and Exploration, Nasarawa State, the Minister enjoined the youth within the community at the mining location to take whatever opportunities the company offered. He admonished them to be hardworking and to shun criminal activities.
Adegbite, in the last one month, has been on a tour of several mining and steel companies across the country to lend support to them and to inspect the level of work going on in such areas, as the sector has been given the mandate to diversify the economy, generate revenue for government and to create jobs.
The Minister added that the nation’s steel industry when fully developed would drive Job growth in the economy, while he rallied the nation’s steel producers to go into the production of flat sheet which is vital for the development of the sector.
Adegbite also rallied the steel producers to support the Metallurgical Industry Bill. According to him, the Bill, when enacted into law, would assist in establishing programmes that would aid the private sector to operate optimally, producing competitive high-quality products for both local and international markets.