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BellaNaija | Ministry of Mines and Steel Development builds website with N700 Million - Kayode Fayemi

Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development has spent N700 million to develop an Integrated Automation and Interactive GIS Web Portal to improve the “Ease-of-Doing-Business” in the mining sector.

Kayode Fayemi, the Minister, disclosed this at the launching of the portal on Thursday in Abuja.

Fayemi said the portal was a cutting edge initiative that leveraged technology for the innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in the mineral sector governance.

He said the overall objective of the project was to increase provision of reliable information and knowledge, to enhance promotion of investments in the sector, using the technology-driven innovation and to increase the sector’s GDP.

The portal was designed for mining investors to perform business processes such as online mining licences and mineral titles applications, online payment of royalties and fees, database for revenue drive and to block revenue leakages.

The portal is credible and timely information about the mining sector, performs and responds to online queries, business intelligence/analytics, reports and statistical data generation.

Mining investors could view all existing mining titles and track them anywhere in the world through the portal, access all agencies information, global mining news, live chat and document library, among others.

Lists of mining operators with valid licences and related minerals trade on private mineral buying centre and renewal of private mineral buying centres could also be accessed through the portal.

According to Kayode Fayemi, the portal is designed to serve as an input and decision support system to other entities of government (MDAs).

“This event is coming at a very auspicious time, on a broad scale; dividends of this administration’s commitment to turning around our economic fortunes,’’ he said.

He said Nigeria had moved up in the global market by 24 points in the ease of doing business index for 2018 in a recent report released by World Bank.

He said Nigeria was also ranked as one of the 10 most improved economies in the world.

Kayode Fayemi said 75 staff had been trained on GIS across the mining sector.

He said that operation of online application of mining title and licences issued by Nigerian Mining Cadestre Office, online application of licences and permit issued by Mines Inspectorate Department and GIS laboratory, among others, would commence in the first quarter of 2018.

Abubakar Bwari, Minister for State, Mines and Steel Development, said the integrated web portal was conceived as a means of making information more accessible to players and the public alike.

Bwari said the initiative was to revamp the sector, as the ministry was moribund before himself and the senior minister assumed the sector.

According to him, government is a continuum and as long as subsequent administrations keep to track, mining will become the crown jewel of Nigeria’s economy.

Mohammed Abbas, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, sought the support of the Ministry of Communication to assist with experts that would manage the portal effectively.

The ministers of communication, science and technology were represented at the event

The Women in Mining and Miners Association of Nigeria also witnessed the event .

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18 Comments

  1. bruno

    November 11, 2017 at 6:42 am

    700 million to build website and they have not made any arrests. nigeria is gone oh.

  2. anonymous

    November 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

    N700m ($2m)to build a website that functions as websites should!! I’m a business owner and I had my site built, maintained with daily postings in all SM in a specialized sector here for roughly $5k per year and it’s been functioning perfectly for 5 years! Judgement day will not spare these people.

    The looting is on a scale never seen in the history of mankind or in any other country. Even this man? I thought these were the newer breed of Nigerians. He never had access to one tenth of this kind of money while working for years in England! #Godiswatchingthe looting! BN post my comment please, no one can come after you!

  3. Physio Tinu

    November 11, 2017 at 7:08 am

    @Bellanaija, but what is the website?!!
    The news should have been completed by stating the website address so we can see what a 700 million Naira website looks like.
    I want to comment on the outrageous cost but let me hold my peace perhaps professionals in the industry can tell us which link to click that would make good dust available to the visitors to the site.
    I googled it oh and I was thinking maybe they meant 700,000 or 70,000. Hmmmn

    • Physio Tinu

      November 11, 2017 at 7:09 am

      *gold dust not good dust

    • LemmeRant

      November 11, 2017 at 9:57 am

      There is no website alive that would cost you 700 million to build, not even a Facebook clone.

    • AceOfSpades

      November 11, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      Even Facebook isn’t worth $10,000. The Facebook site gan gan with all the serenren isn’t worth $10,000. Amazon sef isn’t worth that much.

  4. anonymous

    November 11, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Btw, was the contract to build the $2m website open to all competent companies? Of course the answer is NO! The money is enough to feed the less than 1m people in Ekiti, his state for 1 year with at least 2 meals per day! Where is the conscience of the people in Power?

  5. anonymous

    November 11, 2017 at 7:18 am

    BN please post my first comment! Nigerian media are not as old as the media here that is helping the Antifa fight and resist fascism here by exposing Donald and Manafort and Flynn. Nigeria has very few real journalists in the mold of NYT, WAPO etc. publish it to sensitize people to why people have 3 kids at home with foreign and domestic degrees and no jobs. $2m can set up a factory to employ 500 people if the money is not looted by the CEO. We need both real and soft sell journalism that leads to social change!

  6. anonymous

    November 11, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I meant “bold”

  7. anonymous

    November 11, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I see my first comment is awaiting moderation?

  8. Anonymous

    November 11, 2017 at 8:30 am

    BN you deleted my first comment. The Nigerian media is complicit in the problems as you await contracts from the looters, you remove comments they may find offensive no matter how truthful. You actually can make more from the private sector and be free from cronyism and patronage with its attendant fears. $2m I insist is too much for any organization to build a website and by doing so, this man who is yet to sell or mine any minerals is mining the economy for his pocket. I know when he left England. How come folks change as soon as they get into government? How much was he and his spouse making in the harsh British environment that is not as minority friendly as American, even with its racial problems? I repeat I’m a successful business owner and it’s tough here with IRS etc, and my website building and daily maintenance is less than $5k. Publish or start becoming extinct. After a while the folks here who read you ( the customer is king) will start with their word of mouth and another site that does not pander will arise. Remember the days of Ovation magazine!

  9. LemmeRant

    November 11, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I just visited the website.
    You can mine gold and diamond from that website.

  10. Mamamia

    November 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Why am I Nigerian???

    • Me self I tire

      November 11, 2017 at 11:30 am

      I have asked God this question so many times. I honestly don’t know why I couldn’t have come as Blue Ivy.

  11. Anon

    November 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Kayode Fayemi is still continuing his fraudulent ways. You stole from your state and still stealing at the federal level. Sad!

  12. constipated singer

    November 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    See the link below for the “$2million website”. I laugh in mines and steel.

    http://gisportal.minesandsteel.gov.ng/gisportal/home/

  13. juror

    November 11, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    N700 million ??
    It is time to start laying active viral curses on these idiots.
    Please go to Cursebox.com and curse political and religious leaders taking advantage of the people and declining their progress.

  14. Zubi

    November 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    700m to build a web portal? Like seriously? Whoever gave this contract should be nailed upside down and fired. No need of going to court. What kind of country is this? People are dying daily of diseases and you are building a website with over $2m?

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