Violence has been described as the biggest problem in the extractive industry with a harp on the need for sustainability.
This was pointed out Thursday, during a chat with newsmen towards the forthcoming 7th conference of Sustainability in The Extractive Industries, SITEI.
Convener of the conference and CEO CSR-in-Action, Bekeme Masade noted that the role of SITEI was to embed sustainability in the mining industry which is tantamount to embedding sustainability in the nation.
She added that because sustainability affects the grassroots as well, SITEI will afterwards, roll out programmes geared towards engaging communities.
Corroborating, an expected keynote speaker at the conference and long time member of SITEI, Dr. Ladi Bada said that for businesses to thrive on the bottom line, they must have sustainability which goes beyond environment friendliness to people friendliness.
Speaking also from the perspective of Non-Governmental Organisations, Professor Femi Ajibola of New Nigeria Foundation who was represented by Laide Adesanya, pointed out that as much as it is a good thing that Nigeria government is looking into diversification towards the solid mineral sector, it is pertinent to clearly decipher if the nation is going into it properly or just to make money, adding that mining ought to be responsibly done else, the agricultural industry suffers from land mutilation.
Meka Olowola of Zenera Consulting, close partner of SITEI, enjoined the press to preach the gospel of SITEI so that people will see how veritable an opportunity the conference will be to the nation, just as Chairman, Solid Mineral Group, Babatunde Otunba, averred that the conference has become expedient considering the general lack of information pertaining to mining. He added that it will be a huge plus if all people take home from the conference is solid knowledge of all that goes on in the mining industry.
SITEI since its inception in 2012 has organised six conferences and the seventh slated to hold between 21st and 22nd of May will revolve round the theme ‘managing conflict in the extractive industry’.