Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa) has attacked the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi who said the Ministry had built its website with N700m.
Fayemi had at the launching of the portal on Thursday in Abuja, said the Integrated Automation and Interactive GIS Web Portal, which costed the Ministry the said amount, is to improve ‘Ease-of-Doing-Business in the Mining sector.
Murray-Bruce, who took to his Twitter handle to express his dismay at the money spent on the site said: I had heard that the cost of building materials has gone up, but still, ₦700 million to build a website?
“By February 2018 the @UN says Nigeria will have more people in poverty than India a country with 8 times our population yet our preoccupation is building a ₦700 million website?,” he querried.
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 also gives credible and 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.