Exploring Opportunities in Solid Mineral Sector Can Eradicate Poverty – NMGS
By Femi Adi
The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society(NMGS) ,Kaduna Chapter has urged the Federal Government to place priority on the opportunities in the solid mineral sector to tackle the spiral decay and poverty in the country .
According to the Kaduna Mining and Geosciences Society , the development of the solid mineral sector is one area that has been rightly identified as deserving priority.
The Keynote speaker ,Engineer Benjamin Nwude , who stated this position in his address during the inauguration ceremony of the newly elected Executive members of Mining and Geosciences Society ,Kaduna Chapter held on Saturday at Aso Motel,Kaduna ,said action for development of the sector must be taken now, if Nigeria wants to break the spiral of decay and poverty in the midst of plenty.
Nwude ,who recalled that one of the cardinal campaign promises of Mr. President, Federal Republic of Nigeria is to develop the solid minerals sector and make it a major income earner for the economy, explained ,” In doing this, the relevant professionals in the sector have an important role to play in shaping the minerals sector and the way and manner they play this role is equally important.
” It is no longer secret that the professionals in this sector do not demonstrate enough high standards of professionalism which is the key to quality and efficiency.”
He however emphasised on the need for “Professionalism in Nigerian Minerals Sector” stating that ,” Professionalism can be simply defined as the conduct, behavior, attitude, and ethics or honest practice of professionals in their work and as individuals in the society.
” In fact, it is the conduct that characterizes or marks a profession or professional person. It is a way of thinking and living rather than an
accumulation of learning. It cannot be taught by stating a code of ethics or by
memorizing a set of rules.
“The importance of professionalism cannot be over-emphasized. It leads to workplace success, a strong professional reputation and a high level of work ethics and excellence. A strong professional sense is of undisputed benefit to our profession in terms of self-esteem and job satisfaction.
He commended the NMGS Kaduna Chapter for the peaceful transition of power to a special group of elected members, committed to the ideals of our great Society.
He lauded the choice of Engineer Joseph Afolabi ,who according to him, has critical leadership skills and passion for the growth of the great Society as the new Chairman of NMGS, Kaduna Chapter considering his background.