The Ministry of Steel and Mining Development, has denied claims that it spent N700 million in building a website.

The Minster, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, in a statement issued on Sunday by Mohammed Abbas, the Permanent Secretary said it had become necessary to address the misrepresentation and to set the records straight.

He also said It was disingenuous of anyone to reinvent and reduce all of these into an expenditure on a website.

According to him, the the Ministry had acquired with the said money 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.

He said, “when the Minister led other officials of the ministry and sectoral stakeholders to unveil the IT Integrated Automation & Interactive Solid Minerals Portal (IAISMP), was in fulfillment of one of the short-term pledges listed in the ministry roadmap”.

“These assets formed the critical pillars of agenda to reform the mining and minerals sector, particularly as a key step towards the vision to lead the sector to shared mining prosperity where it makes a significant contributions to GDP in the country”.

“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 the Federal Executive Council after a detailed presentation in January 2017”.

“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.

“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.

When at the launch of the portal disclosed that the ministry spent N700 million to develop an Integrated Automation and Interactive GIS Web Portal to improve ‘Ease-of-Doing-Business’ in the mining sector.

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