Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD)
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Who we are
The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) was established in 1985 as a bold attempt by the Nigerian Government to spur the rapid and beneficial development of the country’s solid mineral resources. We are an agency set up to unlock the economic potentials of the solid minerals sub-sector.
What we do
Essentially, the Ministry is charged with the following responsibilities:
Providing information and knowledge to enhance investment in the sector
Regulating operations in the solid minerals sector
Generating appropriate revenue for the government
We are the principal organ for information, policy and regulatory oversight in the solid mineral sector in Nigeria.
How we are organised
MMSD is currently structured in a manner that mirrors its desire to be a more market-facing department of Government. As a knowledge-based Ministry, MMSD realizes the importance of its role to provide reliable baseline geosciences data as well as its role as administrator and regulator of the sector. To effectively discharge its mandate, MMSD has been restructured with greater emphasis on strengthening its information and enforcement responsibilities.
Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada- Minister
To transform Nigeria’s mineral sector into an irresistible mining destination for global capital.
Creating an enabling environment for generating wealth from mineral resources in a manner that benefits the Nigerian.
The Solid Minerals Sector
The Nigerian extractive industry consists of 3 major sub-sectors:
1 Oil sector
2 Gas sector
3 Solid minerals
The oil and gas sector have made significant progress in Nigeria's developing economy while the solid minerals sector (with about 34 different categories of minerals) is currently being fully developed.
Prior to the emergence of the petroleum industry, solid minerals was one of the key sectors of Nigeria’s economy, largely sustaining the economy before the nation was afflicted with the Dutch Disease of mono-product dependency spanning about four decades.
Until the 1960s, coal and tin were mined in places like Jos and exported on a large scale but poor management by state-owned enterprises led to a decline in existing operations.