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FG Received N1.1bn in Royalties, Indicates Willingness to Welcome More Foreign Investors

Caption:2nd left; the Hon. Minister of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, 1st left; the CEO Segilola Resources Operating Limited (SROL), Segun Lawson & 4th left; the SSA to the Hon. Minister, MMSD, Olu Adedayo, and others during the Hon. Minister’s Facility Tour of SROL in Iperindo, Osun State recently

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite has revealed that Segilola Resources Operating Limited (SROL), a West African subsidiary of Thor Exploration Limited has paid about 1.1 billion Naira in royalties to the Federal Government since they started production in 2021

This is even as he expressed the government’s wiliness to welcome more relevant investors as SROL as a means to attract more royalties to the government and more employment for Nigerians.

Adegbite made the disclosure at the weekend during a facility tour of SROL in the Iperindo area of Osun State, South Western Nigeria in a statement signed by Idowu Jokpeyibo for the Director P&PR

The statement stated that the Minister also disclosed that an Aurelian company has commenced operation in Baba Tsauni area of Gwagwalada in the Federal Capital Territory carrying out an advanced exploration and mining project for Gold, Silver, and Lead.

 “An Aurelian company came into Nigeria in 2021, brought some investment in and others are about starting operation while another company who has also made imprints in Nigeria is acquiring equities right now. So many other companies like that have come into Nigeria, some are at the explorative stages while some have even gone beyond that,” he further explained.

He attributed the sudden foreign interests in the Nigeria mining sector to the success story of SROL operations in Nigeria, adding that, Nigeria needs more of Segilola which focuses on gold exploration, and development and is listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange to return to the world mining map.

In his words, “We need more of Segilola in Nigeria, you are the pioneer and we are happy that it is a success story because when I started going to the mining calendar events and inviting them to invest in the sector, they were hesitant as they saw Nigeria as a shark-infested water and wanted to see who dived in and came out first. They wanted to see how Thor’s exploration would fair, your success story is out there now and everybody wants to be the next Segilola”

 According to him, the success story of Segilola has opened a new vista of opportunity for Nigeria and for Nigerians. He noted, “I was in Australia, Saudi Arabia, London, Canada, even the United States of America, everybody wants to come to Nigeria to do mining because of what Segilola has done, a lot of news out there is negative about Nigeria, but we have your story to tell as a company that came from outside and is able to survive in Nigeria.”

 He encouraged communities to be receptive to mining companies so as to accelerate development in their communities, provide job opportunities for their teaming youth and create wealth. He appealed for continuous cooperation between the mining companies and the host communities as he said SROL had employed a lot of people; skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled from the neighborhood. “They employed a lot of people, the communities are benefiting, they have gone beyond the Community Development Agreement (CDA) which is compulsory, and now doing a lot under Community Social Responsibility (CSR), this should be an encouragement,” he added.

The Minister ascribed earlier hesitation of foreign interest in the sector to the notion that Nigeria was being seen as an oil and gas country. However, this perception changed with accelerated investment in exploration through the National Integrated Mining Exploration Project (NIMEP) and its generated data.

 He called on more foreign mining companies to invest in Nigeria and take advantage of the abundant mineral resources, not just gold but also other minerals spread all over different parts of the country such as Lithium, Coal, Nickel, and Cobalts, among others.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, of Segilola Resources Operating Limited, Segun Lawson appreciated the support and motivation received from Federal Government which he believes is responsible for the success so far recorded.

Lawson said the company is not only running the commercial operation as they have made a lot of social impact on the communities around them. He reiterated that his company has fulfilled all the promises made in the CDA signed with the host communities and has gone ahead into CSR which includes the building of markets, and schools, construction of bridges, provision of scholarships, and potable water, among others.

He highlighted the challenges faced by the company including the issue of illegal mining in his domain as he appealed for the continuous support of the Ministry and other government agencies to overcome such challenges, adding that plan is underway to expand the exploration and production of gold to other States and diversify away from gold production.

Caption:2nd left; the Hon. Minister of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD), Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, 1st left; the CEO Segilola Resources Operating Limited (SROL), Segun Lawson & 4th left; the SSA to the Hon. Minister, MMSD, Olu Adedayo, and others during the Hon. Minister’s Facility Tour of SROL in Iperindo, Osun State recently

 

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