From Charity Nwakaudu, Abuja

Director General, Nigeria Geological Survey Agency, (NGSA) Dr Abdulrazaq Garba has said that the availability of geological data is attracting more investors to the country’s steel sector.

Dr Garba stated this at the 7th retreat program for the members of the Governing Board, themed ‘Sustainable Data Generation for National Development’, held in Abuja, on Thursday.

He stressed that geoscience play significant role in the development of the mining industry of any nation.

” Geoscience data drive the mining sector. It is the key to the mining industry of any nation. If the NGSA fails,the mining industry would fail because it drives the sector.

” Most investors are now interested in Nigeria due to the availability of geological data.

The DG further added that most decisions made by the federal government is affecting the value of mineral resources in the country.

” The choices of decisions we make affects the value of our mineral resources. We need to make decisions that can help us to achieve the economic dream of the nation, he said.

Chairman of the board, Emma Bassey in his remarks assured the agency of double input, adding that they are well positioned to claim their role in the economic place of the nation.

” With the good relationship we have shared with the agency and ministry, we are well positioned to claim our place in the economy as the country is moving into diversification. We promise to also double what we have done in our previous tenor .

Bassey, therefore, appreciated president Muhammadu Buhari, the Mines minister for giving them another opportunity to serve the country.

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