Prof. Bolaji Hassan, the Director – General (DG) and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences (NIMG), Jos, says the institute is grossly under -funded.
Hassan who spoke while exchanging views with some journalists on Thursday in Jos, added that the development had posed serious setback to the institute’s growth and development.
The DG said the institute was established in 2007 to ensure training and re-training of experts in the mining industry noting that it had not met its desired goals owing to paucity of funds.
He explained that the institute was one of the least funded among all the agencies under the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.
“NIMG was established in 2007 as a centre of excellence in post – graduate diploma and skills training of mining engineers, geoscientists and artisans, respectively.”
“It has facilities required for training, research and acquisition of practical skills in all aspects of mineral resources development.”
“If this institute is properly funded, we will be able to compete favourably and be one of the best in the world.”
“So, we are hoping that government will enhance our funding to enable optional performance and productivity toward the development of the mining industry in the country,” Hassan said.
He promised that management of the institute would not rest on its oars but put in more efforts toward meeting its mandate.