“Evidently, the sector does have lots of potential”
“Gathering all the stakeholders to discuss the challenges and the way forward in Nigeria’s mining sector has been a huge boost in confidence for the industry and mining professionals in the country are very optimistic about the sector’s imminent rejuvenation.” This is according to Nicole Smith, event director of the inaugural iPAD Nigeria Mining Forum in partnership with PwC Nigeria, where more than 200 mining professionals gathered in Abuja in November.
Nigeria’s vastly underexploited natural resources include about 44 varieties of minerals in over 500 locations. iPAD Nigeria Mining Forum in partnership with PwC attendees included current and prospective investors, legal advisors, regulators, mining professionals and other stakeholders. The Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals was an official supporter of the event.
PwC Nigeria’s Mining Sector Leader and Head of Consulting, Cyril Azobu, says he is “very pleased with the fruitful interaction that took place at this inaugural forum. As leading advisors to the mining industry, PwC works with clients to unlock opportunities in this industry. It is clear that mining is facing an exciting future in Nigeria.”
More feedback from high-level attendees at the iPAD Nigeria Mining Forum in partnership with PwC:
“The Forum provided a platform for interactions between most stakeholders in the mining industry, particularly the private sector players and government institutions. It has created a better understanding on the roles expected to be played by both the government and the private sector in the development of a productive mining industry”
– Sanusi Jibril, Head of Minerals and Metals Promotion, Ministry of Solid Minerals Development
“An elevating experience. Nice to network with the core drivers of the Mining and Minerals sector in Nigeria. Evidently, the sector does have lots of potential.”
– Ikpi Ununo Ugot, The Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences
“I commend the organisers for such a well put together event. Key players in the industry were present which gave me the confidence that each company in attendance benefited from the discussions and presentations. The numerous breaks and networking sessions also added to a memorable and profitable experience.”
– Sophie Ejegi, Advocaat Law Practice
“The Forum afforded me the opportunity to learn new things as it relates to the solid minerals sector”
– Udhedhe J. Orogun, Bank Of Industry Ltd.
“The conference was inspiring, interesting and motivating”
– Lami Ahmed, Chrisanbeth Investment Ltd.
“A very exciting and worthwhile experience”
– Ahmed Damagum, Mining Cadastral Office
– Augustus Emeasoha, First Bank Nigeria
“A good forum for a realistic check on the sector”
– Olufade Adeleke John, Total Business Solutions Ltd.
“I had a rewarding experience attending, it’s a worthwhile experience”
– Jacob Akuma, Ministry of Solid Minerals Producing Communities, Ebonyi State.
iPAD Nigeria Mining Forum in partnership with PwC also enjoyed widespread support from the industry including the Miners Association of Nigeria as well as the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society. Silver sponsors for the event were Bank of Industry and MRI Trading, while Advocaat, Anthracyte, Banwo & Ighodalo, Carl Dave Consultants Ltd, Kian Smith Trade & Co, Natony Limited, Nigachem and SBOG signed up as bronze sponsors.
The event was organised by Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK in partnership with PwC Nigeria.