From Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja

The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society, NMGS said it is poised to entrench the society’s positively to create and sustain the nation’s wealth through the mining sector.

The president of the Society, Professor Akinade Olatunji stated this at the official flagging off of construction of the Geosciences and Mining House in Abuja,on Tuesday.

Olatunji added that despite the difficulties attached to the project, it would be a legacy for upcoming geoscientists.

“The Geosciences and Mining House is a legacy project! It is a project that will entrench our position as the creator and sustainer of the wealth of this nation. It is a project that will cement our place in history as one of the preeminent professional Societies in Nigeria. It is a project that will ensure that the coming generation have the necessary sense of belongings as they aspire and practice in their fatherland” Professor Olatunji added.

The Chairman of the occasion, Professor Yusuf Ali stressed that it was time for the Society to have a befitting edifice adding that the society has pledged to provide little financing to kick start the project.

Professor Ali who represented by the Chairman of the building committee, Professor Gbenga Okunlola, appreciated the past presidents and council members for initiating the idea and called on all to come on board to write their names in gold by supporting the project.

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In his goodwill message, the
Director General of the Nigeria Mining Cadastra Office, Simon Obadiah Nkom who appreciated the partnership shared between the society and the agency pledged the support of the agency in the completion of the project.

Also in his presentation, the Director General of the Nigeria Geological Survey Agency, Dr. Abdulrazaq Garba promised to consistently support NMGS in all her endeavours and added that the project will be completed.

President Miners Association, Dele Ayanleke, commended the efforts of the members and prayed that the project would be completed in due time for the benefit of the mining sector.

The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society is a nonprofit professional organisations.

The society was named at the inception ,” the Nigerian Mining geological metallurgical society” to reflect the multi- disciplines of its number and was founded in 1961 with ten members which has grown to a membership strength of over 6000.

The individual and collective activities of members in their various positions have led to continued discovery and development of the nation’s solid minerals, petroleum and gas resources.