Mining: Centre LSD tasks stakeholders to build capacity of miners in Ebonyi

By Elizabeth Eze 
The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, (Centre LSD) has tasked stakeholders in mining to pay attention on building capacity of miners in the state. 
The Executive Director of Centre LSD, Mr Monday Osasah made the call on Friday, in Abakaliki, during a one-day Advocacy Workshop, on the Governance of Natural Resources in Nigeria. 

Osasah said that deepening  knowledge of artisanal and small scale miners, especially women on formalisation and registration, would bring out the best. 
He said what informed the advocacy was a project  implemented, known as Strengthening Civic Engagement and Advocacy for effective natural resources governace. 

He described centre LSD as an African Society where there is strategic leadership and sustainable development.

He explained that there was need for them to do things differently to enable the small scale and artisans miners, access and benefits from government plans and developental skill. 

He believed that the government, traditional leaders, Civil Society Organisations (CSO), women in mining would make the change needed. 

He said that engaging them with the process would also help for a sustainable development in the sector. 

"We are here to remind stakeholders that they need to advance on natural resource management. 

"There is need to engage the process through training  others to be in the same page with them for advancement and a better society. 

"The advocacy workshop will also stimulate stakeholders to action through engaging the process," Osasah said.

He further described the firm as a leading national NGO, registered to build strategic leadership for sustainable development in Africa.

He commended the state ministry of Solid Mineral Development Communities, traditional leaders and the target communities for their supports so far. 

Mr Donatus Njoku, Commissioner, solid mineral, stated that activities of the firm is yielding positive impact in the state 

Mrs Ngozi Obichukwu, Special Assistant to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Participant, promised to assist the project for the benefit of development.

Another stakeholder and Traditional Leader, Eze Martin Nwali urged the country to return completely to agriculture and mining where cocoa farming, coal among other crops were source of economic development. 

The Agency reports that the workshop featured a joint advocacy section with the stakeholders to advance on natural resources management in the country. 

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