Kogi State House of Assembly has ratified the nomination of Hajia Hassiat Suleiman as the pioneer Executive Chairman of Kogi State Solid Minerals Development Agency.
Before her ratification, Hajia Hassiat has been the chairperson of the state Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) whose responsibilities are derived from the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
In a statement signed her Media Aide, Ahuoiza Zubair, the screening by the state legislative organ served as the next step following the passing and ratifying into law of the creation of Kogi State Solid Minerals Development Agency.
The agency will be a state run bureau from which all matters concerning the Solid Minerals sector can be harnessed with a view to strategising ways in which to develop the sector.
The statement noted that at the chambers, Hajia Hassiat was called upon to present her resume as a way of ‘passing a test’ of competence for the great task of running an important agency such as the state mineral development agency.
However, while addressing newsmen shortly after the confirmation, the visibly elated Executive Chairman stated that the creation of the agency would enable her make visible inroads towards solid mineral development in the state, a move her position as MIREMCO Chairman has long prevented her from making due to its federal status and spelled-out schedule.
Speaking further, she commended Governor Yahaya Bello and members of the New Direction cabinet for giving priority attention to harnessing the solid minerals of the state through establishment of a state-run agency on solid minerals and mining.
The Executive Chairman expressed optimism that the potential for the growth of state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by way of partnerships with foreign and local investors, acquisition of State owned mining/quarry leases and licences, as well as establishment of Mineral buying Centres within the state would be enhanced thereby making Kogi State a hub for solid minerals market in Nigeria and beyond.