The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, called for effective collaboration between the federal and the state governments to ensure strict enforcement of regulations to check illegal mining in the state:
“The Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel must develop a sustainable plan to ensure that all mining activities are monitored to reap the benefits of the available mineral resources in the state.
“The range of available minerals in Nasarawa is quite impressive. The state has mineral deposits such as coal, clay, zinc, stones, silica, gravel and limestone. That is why the state is described as the Home of Solid Minerals. But there is a long way to go, especially with controlling illegal mining.
“I expect that the state will soon become a leading producer of other crops like cassava which all together can join into national agro processing hub.”
In his “Building for the African Continent: Lessons from the Ghanaian Economy,” paper, former President of Ghana, John Mahama, stressed the need for the expansion of infrastructure in the areas of transport, energy, water, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), as well as education and health, to improve the economy of the state and the country at large.
He said Ghana under his administration invested in infrastructural development, which brought about an expansion in job opportunities and social amenities in the cities. He called on the state to prioritise capital investments rather than consumption and create jobs, boost private sector participation, as well as revitalise old infrastructure for economic prosperity.