Ease of Doing Business: Ministry spends N700 million to develop portal

Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mining and Steel Development
Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mining and Steel Development

The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) has spent N700 million to develop an Integrated Automation and Interactive GIS Web Portal to improve `Ease-of-Doing-Business in the mining sector.

The minister, Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this at the launch of the portal on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr. Fayemi said the portal was a cutting edge initiative that leveraged technology for the innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in the mineral sector governance.

He said the overall objective of the project was to increase provision of reliable information and knowledge, to enhance promotion of investments in the sector, using the technology-driven innovation and to increase the sector’s GDP.

The portal was designed for mining investors to perform business processes such as online mining licences and mineral titles applications, online payment of royalties and fees, database for revenue drive and to block revenue leakages.

The portal is credible and provides timely information about the mining sector, performs and responds to online queries, business intelligence/analytics, reports and statistical data generation.

Mining investors could view all existing mining titles and track them anywhere in the world through the portal, access all agencies information, global mining news, live chat and document library, among others.

Lists of mining operators with valid licences and related minerals trade on private mineral buying centre and renewal of private mineral buying centres could also be accessed through the portal.

According to the minister, the portal is designed to serve as an input and decision support system to other entities of governmentMDAs).

“This event is coming at a very auspicious time, on a broad scale; dividends of this administration’s commitment to turning around our economic fortunes,’’ he said.

He said Nigeria had moved up in the global market by 24 points in the ease of doing business index for 2018 in a recent report released by World Bank.

He said Nigeria was also ranked as one of the 10 most improved economies in the world.

Mr. Fayemi said 75 staff had been trained on GIS across the mining sector.

He said that operation of online application of mining title and licences issued by Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office, online application of licences and permit issued by Mines Inspectorate Department and GIS laboratory, among others, would commence in the first quarter of 2018.

Abubakar Bwari, Minister for State, Mines and Steel Development, said the integrated web portal was conceived as a means of making information more accessible to players and the public alike.

Mr. Bwari said the initiative was to revamp the sector, as the ministry was moribund before himself and the senior minister assumed the sector.

According to him, government is a continuum and as long as subsequent administrations keep to track, mining will become the crown jewel of Nigeria’s economy.

Mohammed Abbas, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, sought the support of the Ministry of Communication to assist with experts that would manage the portal effectively.

The ministers of communication, science and technology were represented at the event.

The Women in Mining and Miners Association of Nigeria also witnessed the event.

(NAN)


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  • arewethishopeless

    JEEZ ….. 700 MILLION NAIRA !!!! OR 70 MILLION NAIRA????

    FOR PORTAL?!!!!

    BUHARI MUST HEAR THIS !!!!!

    • DePrince Hab

      Buhari Knows about it already

      • Jaymes K-zo

        because he is involved.

  • Anonymous

    Are u launching your own satelite? The kind of amounts this government people announce for things they do is an insult to tthe intelligence of peolple, the worst thing is that aomeone in Nigeria or zniberian in Diaspora can do this but as usual they will give it to a xompany abroad with hard currency and pad the expenses as usual, imbeciles.

  • Frank Bassey

    This is fantastic. Multiply this by the number of ministries (because not only Fayemi’s ministry is involved in Ease of Doing Business) and you get to what is happening. We blame this on PDP.

  • kayode Olufade

    That’s over $2 million!! On a website? That project should be probed. Even with servers and back end costs, the amount should never get to N100 Million. This man actually justifies this?

    • kayode Olufade

      Don’t we have IT consultants on this chat? Please throw some light on this if you can. Even the portal created in the USA for defence contracts never got to $1 million

      • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

        Thank you very much for this observation. But one can make an educated guess that almost a billion is too much for a website/portal no matter what goes on there. I smell something fishy. Not too long ago a former Governor who is now a Minister spent 700 million on his personal website, if you visit that website today you will weep for Nigeria

        • The facts

          No, it was 70 million. I’m not defending it but it’s good to get the facts right.

          • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

            Thank you bro/sis, my bad

          • Jaymes K-zo

            lol, funny dude

        • Jaymes K-zo

          lol

    • Absolutely Sane

      Integrated Automation and Interactive GIS Web Portal for online payment of royalties and fees, database for revenue drive and to block revenue leakages. This is an investment and revenue collection solution with more other functions and not just a website. Get out of darkness!

      • Usher- Join The Revolution

        That includes training of 75 staff. As a web developer, I think training alone should take nothing less than 1 Million per head (Accommodation & feeding inclusive). A powerful server should not cost less than 5-10 million, and at least 4 servers needed to power this.
        Then the cost of contracting programmers and Network engineers, building, land acquisition etc etc. … I think 400-500 million will do….

        • Simon Templar

          Its still too much

      • kayode Olufade

        It might be a revenue based investment, what I’m saying is that the cost of investment is too much. That it will block leakages doesn’t justify the amount doled out for it’s implementation. Back end supervision and implementation as well as all software and coding required for such a project doesn’t amount to anything close to what is being quoted! If being in the darkness makes me see and reason more than some who believe they are in the light then I’m good where I am.

      • Oki Austin

        You are a donkey or a junkie….$2 million for a website..the remita portal must have been built with billions if thats your line of thinking

      • Jaymes K-zo

        And it actually cost 700 million??. So who was the contract issued to?? Since you have more knowledge than most of us about the project, can u kindly give us information on the company that handled the contract so that we can ask them directly how much it actually will take, if they do same project with portals and all that shit, for us? Don’t worry about how we are going to contact them, just give us the information first.

    • Jaymes K-zo

      Lol. I can’t stop laughing.

  • Timothy

    Ok good….how can we sustain it….training is good….but can it be sustained?

  • SamPsalm

    N700m looks like a lot: and it is a lot. But if we can spend N1bn on setting up a clearing house that can formalize the Mining sector (sans oil and gas) and remove the key reasons why foreigners are stealing the nation dry through artisanal miners, then it may be worth.

    I actually took time to look at the content and complexity of transactions envisaged. CAC website brings in several hundreds of millions every month. If Fayemi’s website replicates that, then this might make sense.

    All said, it is still a lot of money.

  • Moses Stone

    This is an outright fraud. N700 million website is nothing but a fraud.

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    This is stealing is not corruption and u are wondering why we aren’t developing? Public funds are mercilessly looted via over inflation of contracts

  • Jaymes K-zo

    I really can’t help but laugh at all the comments. But its a good thing Nigerians are really speaking out against stuff like this. We need more of this to keep this crooks in check. 700 million naira is way TOO much. The government should set up a real probe on this case.Was the contract presented to the general Nigerian companies or to a selected few for costing? Who was the contract finally issued to?