Federal Government’s
attention has been drawn
to news making the rounds
especially on the social media
that the Ministry of Mines and
Still Development spent the
sum of N700million creating a
website for itself.
According to a statement
signed by the Permanent
Secretary, Mohammed Abbas,
the Ministry considered the
report as false and deemed it
necessary to react swiftly to
the misrepresentation and to
set the records straight.
“It is important for clarity to
state that what the Ministry
has acquired with the said
sum of money is an integrated
IT infrastructure which
comprises two Data Centres,
an off-site recovery centre,
civil and environmental
works on the Centres, running
of the Centres till end of first
quarter 2018.
“Training of over 225
officials locally and
internationally amongst
other cost components of
the entire infrastructure and
programme. It is indeed
disingenuous of anyone to
reinvent and reduce all of
these into an expenditure on
a website.
“When, last Thursday,
November 9, our Ministers
led other officials of the
ministry and sectoral
stakeholders to unveil the IT
Integrated Automation &
Interactive Solid Minerals
Portal, IAISMP, we were
really fulfilling one of the
short-term pledges listed in
our roadmap.
“These assets form critical
pillars of our agenda to
reform the mining and
minerals sector, particularly
as a key step towards our
vision to lead the sector to
shared mining prosperity
where we make significant
contributions to GDP in the
country.
4. In realising aspects
of this project as a turnkey
solution, we have been
careful to follow all laid
down processes. Since the
cost of implementing the
project is above ministerial
limits, we sought and
obtained the concurrence of
Business Natural Resources
the Federal Executive Council
after a detailed presentation in
January 2017.
“In the course of the project,
we have emphasised the need
for stakeholders’ interface,
which included a facility
inspection tour for reporters
and journalists who cover the
sector.
“We have no reason to commit
public resources to projects that
will not advance the cause of
repositioning our sector and we
believe that we did everything
to intimate the general public
about our activities in this
respect.” The statement read in
part.
The statement for the records
and for public information,
hinted that the IT Integrated
Automation & Interactive Solid
Minerals Portal, IAISMP project
has the several important key
components.
“Feasibility assessment, needs
analyses and re-engineering
of the IT processes within the
ministry, departments and
agencies. 2nos data centres (a
fully equipped on-premises
centre within the ministry
and another off-site centre
for recovery and real-time
backup in case of emergency),
also covering civil and
environmental works.
“Enterprise Resource
Planning, ERP solution
and Electronic Document
Management System, eDMS,
solution—Microsoft Dynamics
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Business Intelligence, Human
Capital, Procurement, license
and maintenance.
“Basic and advanced IT (ERP
& eDMS and GIS training
programmes for 200nos staff of
the ministry and its agencies.
Already 75 officials have been
trained in Abuja, GIS capacity
building for 25nos management
and lead technical staff with
Esri.
“Wide Area Network at the
ministry’s headquarters and all
its 10 agencies, including back
up internet, disaster recovery
hosting and DR site internet—
installation and initial one-year
subscription. Procurement,
supply and installation of a GIS
laboratory with 20nos computer
systems.
“Building of GIS Web Portal
with Business Automation
System, Content Management
System, CMS, Decision Support
System and Side Stream
along the minerals corridor;
Reordering and re-organisation
of available geological data
in the sector into geospatial
database.
“Online Mining Licensing
and Mineral Title Application
with tracking system for
openness, transparency and
accountability in compliance
with global EITI standards for
the extractives sector.
“Online payment, royalties
and fees, and blocking
of revenue leakages by
integrating/interfacing with
Remita, GIFMIS and relevant
revenue generating MDAs of
the government. Enterprise
ArcGIS Solution license and
maintenance for GIS Mining
and Assets Management.
“On-site project management
and execution staff, 26nos,
including operationalisation of
the project management office
for upward of 10 months. Project
staff to remain on-site till end of
Q1-2018. Procurement, supply
and installation of various
project equipment, complete
with civil works.
“Collaborative tools and
help desk; and, Strategic
communications. It is most
important to state that
acquired IT infrastructure,
in all its ramifications, is an
enabler of the serious work at
repositioning the sector. For us,
this is never an end in itself but
a robust attempt to ease how the
regulatory-cum-administrative
systems interface with mining
operators and stakeholders
everywhere.” The statement
read.
It is noteworthy that only
this past October 2017, the
Mining Journal’s World Risk
Report, which rated different
mining jurisdictions on a range
of indicators including legal,
governance social, fiscal and
infrastructure indicated that
Nigeria is showing notable
improvements in positions.
It further stated that,
“In the two years that we
have methodically and
deliberately introduced reforms
implemented a roadmap, our
sector now has better perception,
lowered investments risks and
improved opportunity index.
“The import of this
assessment, in light of the
World Bank’s Report on the
improved status of our country
towards ease of doing business,
cannot be far-fetched. Ours is
a modest effort to consolidate
the overall efforts of the Federal
Government at increasing
opportunities in other sectors of
the economy.
“We have done repeated due
diligence to ensure that the
implementation of the project
does not only meet expected
design but also fits into globally
recognised systems and further
help us to place our jurisdiction
on the mining map.
“A phased approach has been
adopted, with incremental
deliverables which should be
fully completed by end of first
quarter of 2018. We continue to
be open to checks and to present
ourselves to public scrutiny. We
want to assure all Nigerians
that we do not take lightly the
confidence reposed in us or
in our government nor would
we do anything to undermine
our reputation under whatever
guise.
“We come from a tradition
of commitment to service
and honour in the handling
of all our public service roles.
In superintending over this
project, we are confident to.

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