“The pain in Nigeria will soon turn to Joy” – Dele Alake

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Dr. Dele Alake, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, has encouraged Nigerians to persevere through the current challenges, assuring them that positive changes are on the horizon.

This statement was made by the Minister as he delivered his remarks as a special guest at the 2023 West African Mining Host Communities Indaba.

The event, organized by Global Rights Nigeria and the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), commenced on November 15 and is scheduled to conclude on November 17.

During his address, Dr. Dele Alake emphasized the need for sincerity and patriotism in ensuring that mining host communities receive optimal attention and treatment.

He stressed that all Nigerians are essentially part of the host communities they come from, and it is incumbent upon them to work collectively to improve conditions for these communities.

Furthermore, Dr. Alake highlighted that the President has prioritized the solid minerals sector, substantiating this commitment by appointing him as the Minister for Solid Minerals Development—a decision that surprised many Nigerians.

The indaba revolves around the theme ‘Insecurity and Minerals Governance in West Africa: Building Mechanisms for the Protection of Mining Host Communities.’

It serves as a platform bringing together various stakeholders, including the Federation of Mining Host Communities, Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN), Women in Mining Nigeria, the National Assembly, foundations, corporate organizations, and representatives from participating countries such as Ghana, Mali, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Kenya, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, and others.

He said:

“We were constructing the structure of government and the very critical areas, not just to be energized, but to create enduring structures, economic structures for our nation such that at the end of our tenure, these structures would have been entrenched so deeply and the society would have become used to a certain level of socio-economic activities and standard of living, such that whichever government or leader comes after would be unable to reverse the trend, even if you have the worst specie of human being to take over as leader because of the enduring structures, very fundamental structures that would have been put in place, nobody will be able to reverse the progress, the upward trend that we are going to pull this country with the cooperation of every one of you because when I say we are going to put it is every one of us.“