FG, RMAFC join forces to boost revenue in mining sector

The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development and the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission are collaborating to boost revenue in the mining sector.

They plan to achieve this through blocking leakages in the revenue collection processes to address shortfalls in revenue remittances by mining operators.

The move followed the recent visit of a delegation from RMAFC led by its Chairman, Mohammed Bello, to the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake.

The minister announced the collaboration in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Tomori, on Sunday in Abuja.

RMAFC had observed a monitoring gap in the mining sector, leading to a shortfall in its revenue, which could be addressed through collaborations by the relevant organisations constituted to perform the duties.

It had also called for proper documentation of minerals exported through the borders and mitigating the impact of mining operations to the environment.

Mr Alake said that the Federal Government was determined to block the leakages through automating the processes involved in revenue collection, and the engagement of high level professionals.

He said, “From our efforts so far, we have discovered to our chagrin that we are owed trillions of naira in unpaid royalties and taxes by legalised operators. We are committed to recovering these funds and also in the process of engaging internationally certified auditors, to look at the system and automate the whole gamut of the revenue collection processes.’’

Mr Alake restated the commitment of the government to sanitise and reposition the mining sector to boost its capacity to contribute substantially to the nation’s revenue.

He added that the move would reduce the over dependence on the oil sector, and make mining compete favourably with the sector in contributing to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.

The minister said that the government would collaborate with relevant agencies, state and host communities of minerals to explore the maximum potential of the mining sector.