The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency has been called upon to come up with strategies towards its development and that of the Minerals and Metals sector of Nigeria’s economy.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada gave the charge in Abuja while declaring open a two day retreat for the senior management staff of the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency organized by the agency.
The Minister of Mines and Steel Development who was represented at the event by Mr. John Mshelia, the Director of Planning, Policy Analysis and Monitoring in the Ministry said that the retreat was important because it would engender synergy among the top management echelon and staffers of the agency and make them conversant with the vision and strategies of the present democratic dispensation in the transformation agenda.
Arc. Sada noted that the Minerals and Metals sector was in a critical stage of development which required meaningful contributions from all and sundry for forging ahead, adding that the retreat was therefore, a first step in achieving that vision.
The Minister urged all the participants and staffers of the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency to build on its past achievements and support the current leadership of the agency to realize the agency’s mandate.
Sada commended the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency for organizing the retreat and advised other agencies of the ministry to do so.
In a remark at the event, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Linus Awute who was represented at the occasion by Mr. Obiora Azubike, the Director of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in the Ministry said that the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency has the mandate of generating, archiving and disseminating geo-scientific information for the growth and development of the nation’s minerals and metals sector.
Mr. Awute enumerated some of the achievements of the agency as follows: completion of more than two million line km of Magnetic, Radiometric, Gravity and EM Airborne Geophysical Surveys; execution of several mineral exploration projects; updating the minerals map of Nigeria; publication of min1eral occurrences brochures and generation of comprehensive geo-referenced mineral data base of Nigeria in more than 800 locations among others.
The Permanent Secretary advised the participants to live up to their individual and collective responsibilities by coming up with ideas at the end of the retreat that would facilitate the operations of the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency in line with the transformation agenda of the present administration for the economic and industrial development of Nigeria.
While welcoming dignitaries and participants to the event, the Acting Director General of the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Engr. Alexander Ndubuisi Nwegbu said that the retreat was necessitated by the need to look back and take stock of where the agency was coming from and to chart a new course of action for the agency in line with its mandate.
Engr. Nwegbu commended the efforts of former Chief Executives, retired and serving staff of the agency for the achievements recorded to date and assured that the tempo would be sustained and reinvigorated.
The Acting Director-General urged all the retreat participants and staffers of the agency to constructively engage themselves and come up with suggestions and ideas that would improve service delivery at the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency.
He added that they must leave a worthy legacy and believe in themselves that they could turn around the fortunes of the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency towards the growth and development of Nigeria’s Minerals and Metals sector.
The Papers presented at the event were on : ‘’Change Management”, “An Overview of Technology Incubation in Nigeria”.
Zonal Co-ordinators of the agency in the six geopolitical zones of the country and directors of centres of the agency also made some presentations on their operations at the event.
A communiqué of the retreat is being expected.