By Modupe Gbadeyanka Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Kayode Fayemi, has revealed plans by Federal Government to a regulatory agency to control the affairs of the mining sector in the country. The agency to be called the Nigerian Mining Commission will control the leasing of mining sites to investors as well as be the final authority on regulatory matters. Mr Fayemi, who made this known in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode, noted that the law setting up the commission was already with the National Assembly. Addressing participants at the Nigeria Day event at the ongoing African Mining InDaba in Cape Town, South Africa, the Minister said government was determined to strengthen regulation in the sector as well as ensure the improvement of its geological data. Mr Fayemi further said the delivery of the geological data was in line with government\u2019s desire to ensure bankable geological data that would be an incentive to investors. He noted that the ministry would undertake more extensive electromagnetic Airborne Geological Survey of some promising parts of the country this year and the completion of the National Mineral Database. \u201cWe want to ensure predictability; that is what we want to offer; we want to be a big mining designation. \u201cTo achieve this, we have to put certain things in place, including provable data, sound regulations, capacity building for Artisanal and Small Scale Miners as well as access to funding, he said. The Minister explained that while mining circle was not the same as electoral circle, it was important for government to put in place sound policies and reforms as well as bankable geological data that would make the Nigerian mining jurisdiction a major attraction. He also spoke on government\u2019s determination to enhance its collaboration with state governments and the host communities. He said the development was being worked out administratively through the establishment of the National Council on Mining and Minerals Development Council, where the states were playing active roles. Mr Fayemi said the combination of the various reforms being put in place, inputs by the National Council on Mining and Minerals Resources Development and the Chamber of Mining, would help to re-position the sector for better result. Those who spoke on various aspects of the Electromagnectic Survey results included Gaig Annison, Director, Business Development, Compagnie Generale de Geophysique (CCG) Airborne Surveys PTY, Australia, who anchored the presentation. Annison described Nigeria as a nation taking very bold steps towards becoming a major mining destination. Mr Franklin Ramirez Venezuela, Deputy Minister of Mines and minerals, said the oil and gas rich country was also diversifying to mining to shore up its economy. He said Venezuela had a lot to learn from Nigeria in its economic diversification efforts. The minister had in December 2017, disclosed that the ministry secured the delivery of 26,000-line kilometre of electromagnetic data, following the payment of outstanding fees to the consultant that handled the project. The Consultants had held on to the results of the Electromagnectic survey following the failure of the previous administration to effect payment for it. The minister said that a good percentage of the N30 billion fund made available to the ministry from the National Resource fund, would be committed to exploratory work and data gathering. Nigeria took the centre stage at the African Mining Indaba, with the formal presentation of its new Airborne Electromagnetic Survey Results amid endorsements for the country\u2019s mining sector reforms by mining experts, operators and developmental agencies. The presentation of the new Airborne Electromagnetic Survey Results, a major high point of the Wednesday event at the week-long mining conference, was witnessed by renowned stakeholders in global mining and other important dignitaries from different countries.