As part of precautions to grow revenue and attract investors to the mining industry, the Federal Government in conjunction with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation on Monday unveiled a document on gold mining in Nigeria.

UNIDO alongside Nigeria’s ministries of environment, mines and steel development, as well as health jointly disclosed the National Action Plan for the Reduction and Eventual Elimination of Mercury Use in the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining sector in Nigeria.

The parties also uncovered the National Policy on Solid Waste Management as well as National Policy on Plastic Waste Management at the event in Abuja FCT.

The Regional Director and UNIDO Representative to ECOWAS, UNIDO Regional Hub Nigeria, Jean Bakole, said the agreement document was a responsibility for Nigeria, as a party under the Minamata Convention and would help drive investments in the mining sector.

He said, “This plan will give Nigeria with current data and up-to-date crisis analysis of gold mining in Nigeria, the document will also appeal to both local and foreign investors.

“More importantly, it has come up with a way forward for gold mining and its associated mercury management in Nigeria.

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