(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Federal Government is set to partner with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the Miners Association of Nigeria on the production of gold in Nigeria, following an agreement reached by the parties at a virtual inception workshop for the project prelude to the grant of the Global Environment Facility PlanetGold in Nigeria.
Speaking during the virtual workshop, which had as its theme ‘Enhancing formalisation and mercury-free gold in Nigeria’, the Minister of Environment, Mohammad Mahmood, praised the partnership among parties since the signing of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, adding that the parties had leveraged on the collaboration for the successful execution of the Mercury Initial Assessment Project and the national action plan for the control of mercury use in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Nigeria project.
Proceeding, Mahmood said that parties were now collaborating on the GEF Gold project on Enhancing Formalisation and Mercury-Free Gold in Nigeria.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: The project, which is in tandem with government’s priority to protect human lives and the environment, effectively implement the provisions of the Minamata Convention on mercury, will strategically position the mining sector for economic growth and sustainable development. It will also improve industrial development, economic competitiveness, safeguard the environment and improve the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector.