The Federal Government of Nigeria has obtained a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) to fund the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification (MinDiver) Project. The project has the following development objectives:
- To improve the attractiveness of the Nigerian Mining sector, as a driver for economic diversification, for long-term private sector investment in the exploration and production of minerals.
- To create a globally competitive sector capable of contributing to wealth creation, providing jobs and advancing our social and human security.
The ASM sector constitutes over 90% of the mining activities in Nigeria. Despite the efforts of MMSD to organize and register them for better and safer operations, the ASM activities still remain very worrisome.
It is against this background that the MMSD is engaging the services of a Consulting Firm to support the ASM and Mines Environmental Compliance (MEC) Departments of MMSD to entrench a robust and sustainable ASM sector that is profitable in a healthy, safe and environmentally acceptable manner. Specifically, the objectives of this engagement are to:
- Design and implement a safer and cleaner mining program, to influence Environmentally, Healthy and Safer (EHS) conscious extraction, production and processing methods in line with best practices for responsible mineral supply chains;
- Introduce better and more efficient technologies and practices for safer extraction, production and processing which are easy to use and maintain, whilst allowing increased productivity;
- Support MMSD in their reforms to achieve sustainable improvement in policies and practices governing environmental compliance throughout the mining life cycle;
- Build on the successes recorded in containing the outbreaks of lead poisoning in Zamfara and Niger States achieved through active collaboration of all tiers of government and development partners, in particular, that of Medicins San Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in establishing effective and sustainable prevention measures in Zamfara and Niger States.